Scripture: 1st Reading: Rom10,9-18; Resp. Psalm: Ps19,2-5; Gosp. Accl.: Mt4,19; Gospel: Mt4,18-22
The greatest miracle is the working of grace in a willing soul that turns that weak and inconsequential person into such a marvellous instrument in the hands of the Almighty for the achievement of mouth-gaping deeds in His name. Anyone thus used by the Almighty has finally found the real purpose for his existence.
It is therefore important to use one's life to constantly search for the Lord, seek His face and inquire what purpose He really has for one's life. It is only in knowing and fulfilling such purpose that we attain real happiness. That true purpose of life which is found when we truly serve Him and make ourselves available to be His instrument, is nourished daily when we sit at His feet to hear Him and know the next areas of our lives that need attention and renewal.
Living by the word implies in the word of today's scripture confessing with our lips that Jesus is Lord and believing in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead. Everyone who calls upon His name will be saved, regardless of race, language, colour or status. This is because God makes no distinction. The word today teaches that men will call upon the name of the Lord and be saved if men who are willing to spread the message of salvation are sent to preach and those to whom they are sent hold on to the word and come to faith in Christ. Men will come to faith from what they hear.
The work of making Christ known is thus imperative. To be used to transform hearts and minds and souls is thus the greatest privilege God could ever bestow on any soul. That was exactly what happened by the Sea of Galilee that day when the Lord saw two fishermen brothers, Peter and Andrew, casting a net into the sea. Our Lord offered these brothers the opportunity of a life time: He called them to follow Him and be His disciples.
Our Lord also changed the entire narrative of their lives when with a powerful play on words He promised to transform them from being ordinary fishermen to fishers of men. Our Lord was calling them to share in His mission of saving souls. He was inviting them to a great divine-human collaboration. The gospel of Matthew narrated their response to this great invitation: "Immediately they left their nets and followed Him."
Our Lord calls us daily to leave our nets, the things that hold us down, arrest our attentions, prevent us from giving total and generous response, to come and follow Him. He teaches us that no earthly ties must ever be put before this response that is so important for our existence. The daily hearing of the word calls our attention to examine the other things we have not done so as to make a positive change for a better future. Let us allow the word to achieve the purpose for which it is intended in our lives.
St. Andrew, whose feast we celebrate today, never looked back from the time our Lord called him and Peter, his brother. Andrew did not just keep the faith to himself. He brought others to Jesus. His life of witness was so radical that he died as a martyr on an X - shaped cross in Greece. This apostolic witness calls us to action, to stand for God and for our faith at all times and in all circumstances.
Let us pray: "We implore humbly your majesty, O Lord, that just as the blessed Apostle Andrew was for your Church a preacher and pastor, so he may be for us a constant intercessor before you." Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.