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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Thursday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

Rom 10: 9-18

 Ps 18: 8. 9. 10. 11

 Mt 4: 18-22


St. Andrew the Apostle


Today we are celebrating the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle. Andrew is one among the two pairs of brothers, whom Jesus chose to continue his mission on earth. The four brothers are Peter and Andrew, James and John. Except for Andrew all the others become the inner circle within the twelve. Andrew is the son of Jonah; he was born at Bethsaida in Galilee. Later he went to live with his brother Simon at Capernaum and was in partnership with him as a fisherman. According to John, he was a disciple of John the Baptist before he became the disciple of Jesus. John presented Jesus to him as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He then found Peter and brought him to Jesus. Andrew is a Greek name meaning “brave, manly, and heroic”. We do not know much about Andrew from the synoptic Gospels. Ha lived a silent life under the shadow of his brother Peter.


Andrew’s practical faith was shown on two instances as the evangelist John depicts. First, on the occasion of the feeding of the five thousand, where he introduced the boy who had the bread and fish with him. Andrew was ready to present before the Lord what they had even if it was very little. He does not burry the available gifts like the man who hurried the one talent he received. Secondly, when the Greeks come to Philip, and say to him, sir, we wish to see Jesus, Philip goes and tells Andrew; then Andrew and Philip go and tell Jesus. Thus Andrew shows practical mind.


The tradition is that Andrew preached the good news in the modern Greece and Turkey. John shows that he was the first home missionary and the first foreign missionary. He suffered a humiliating death similar to that of his master around the year AD 60. He was bound to a cross at Patras in Acaia and remained alive on the cross for two days. From the cross he preached to his persecutors until he died. As his name indicates Andrew was brave and courageous even in the face of death. He exhorts us to be courageous in preaching the Good News of Jesus. Courage is not the absence of fear but the willingness to push on in the face of it. 


FR. SATHEESH  PARATHOTTU CMI


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