Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle

Reflection based on Matthew 4: 18 -22

They Left Their Nets

When Jesus called Simon Peter and his brother Andrew to be fishers of men, "they left their nets and followed him." Following Jesus requires leaving things behind. It's not that the nets caused Simon Peter and Andrew to sin. Rather, something much greater was awaiting them, something that would make them grow.

Andrew, whose name means "manly" or "courageous," found the courage to leave his nets and be a true man of the Gospel. Some years ago, a man entered religious life and knew of someone who received that apostle's name and the name reminds him of the courage needed to leave behind what is uneccessary so as to be an evangelical man.

During the season of Advent, we think about how Christ comes into our lives and calls us anew. What should we leave behind? All of us are called to spiritual maturity -- to put aside things that appear childish compared to the hope of our call. Saint Paul says, "When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think like a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things" (1 Cor 13:11).

Like the apostles, we leave behing unneccessary things for the joy of following Jesus. He is all that we need!

Father Andrew Hofer, O.P.

Almighty Father, pour forth your Holy Spirit on me so that I may have the courage to leave behind what is unneccessary and to follow Jesus wherever he goes.


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