It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

St. Andrew

Matthew 4:18-22

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew,casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.He said to them,(Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.(At once they left their nets and followed him.He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.

The X-shaped cross, sometimes seen in stained glass windows or on a coat of arms, represents the tradition of how St. Andrew was martyred. Tradition has it that while bound to this cross, Andrew continued to preach to his persecutors until he died

His belief in Christ propelled him into the world to preach the message that had so changed him. Knowing that the good news is for everyone moved him to share that news by bringing people to Jesus

Our call to share the good news is no less important than Andrew’s. the belief that impelled St. Andrew all his Christian life is the same belief that we confess every Sunday at Mass—and the same belief that God wants us to share with those around us.

Jesus’ invitation to Peter and Andrew, to James and John, is one he continually issues to all: Will you follow me? Will you join me in my mission? If we say yes we can count on having our lives turned upside down—and enriched beyond measure

Today simply ask Jesus for a deeper, greater revelation of his truth in our lives. God can take this one small step and fill it with so much grace that even we will be amazed!

This lesson was taken from my daily devotionals for November 30, 2005

'On Ya' - ma

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