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Friday of the 34th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

November 30, 2018

Friday of the 34th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Romans 10:9-18

 Psalm 19:8-11

Gospel MT 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.

Missionary Call: St Andrew

 

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Andrew, the apostle of Jesus. He was born in Bethsaida in Galilee. He was the son of Jona and a brother of St. Peter. He was a disciple of St. John the Baptist before he joined Jesus. St. Andrew is venerated as the patron of fishermen. He is also revered as the Patron of Russia, Greece, and Scotland where he preached the gospel after Pentecost. When Jesus saw him casting a net into the sea, he told, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Hearing Jesus’ call, Andrew followed him immediately without looking into the past or future of his life. In the gospel we see something extraordinary in the way Jesus chooses his disciples. They were very ordinary men.  They had no wealth; no academic background; no social position. Jesus’ choice of disciples shows that Jesus is looking, not so much for extraordinary men with outstanding qualities, but for ordinary men who can do ordinary things in an extraordinary way. In other words, Jesus’ focus is not who they are but what they are capable of becoming under his influence and in his power.


We are Christians or members of the Church not because we are born into a Christian family but because we are called by Jesus. Jesus has called us personally by name just as he called Andrew. In calling, Jesus focuses not who we are but what we could become. He expects from us an openness and readiness to undergo training in his school of discipleship. This call is not to occupy a place of honour in the society or a preference over others but for a mission. Mission is the ultimate aim of any call by God whether in the Old Testament or in the New Testament. We have responded to this call of Jesus through baptism which gives us an identity and a mission.  The identity is what we receive from God, such as we are the children of God, members of the Catholic Church and empowered persons by the Spirit of Jesus. The mission is what we give to God that is to continue the mission of Jesus.


In the first reading Paul says, a person comes to know and confess Jesus by believing in him and faith comes by hearing and hearing comes from preaching and no one preaches without officially sending. We are called, consecrated and sent in order to bring Jesus to the world and people to Jesus. In the gospel of John, we see Andrew asking Jesus where he was staying and Jesus replied, “Come and see.” Andrew stayed with Jesus and the following day, he went to his brother Simon Peter and told him: “We have found the Messiah” (Jn. 1:35-42). He brought Simon Peter to Jesus thus he became the fishers of men. This is what we are called for. To fulfil the mission entrusted to us we require a meaningful encounter with Jesus like Andrew, the Apostle. Regarding evangelization Blessed Mother Theresa says so beautifully, “Evangelization means Jesus in my heart reaching out to your heart.” Unless and until we have Jesus in our heart we cannot be an apostle of Jesus in the multi-religious context of Asia.


Life witness is the primary means of evangelization especially in Asia. In the Encyclical on Evangelization in the Modern World, Pope Paul VI says that in the family when husband and wife live in intimacy and parents and children live in love, sharing and caring one another they radiate the power of their faith. The encyclical says that through this wordless witness these Christians stir up irresistible questions in the hearts of those who see how they live: Why are they like this? Why do they live in this way? What or who is it that inspires them? Why are they in our midst? If our neighbors or people in our office or around us ask such question we have already proclaimed the Good News. Let us ask ourselves: does my life and my family life a good news to my neighbors and others? Let us be disposed to listen to the call of Jesus that comes to us through different ways through different people and respond to him effectively that we may become true disciples of Jesus like Andrew.


Fr. Davis Varayilan CMI


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