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On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: November 30, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Remember how you were once running on empty. Looking for love in all the wrong places. Feeling the void that somehow could not be filled. Searching for the meaning or purpose of your life. Then you encountered Jesus! And you were transfigured.

Now think back, how did you encounter Him? For very, very few will have the same or similar St Paul encounter, where Jesus appears before them in all His glory. It is more likely you encountered Him through someone or a group leading you to Him. Leading you to a greater discovery of Jesus through their faith sharings, testimonies, prayers, praise and worship;even by the way they lead their lives. Through them you heard His call to follow Him then you heard Him for yourself. Today you are called to do likewise. To lead others into the very relationship with Jesus of whom we cherish deeply in our hearts.

I hear your call Lord and I will follow You. Amen

St Andrew pray for us…

First reading
Romans 10:9-18

If your lips confess that Jesus is Lord and if you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you will be saved. By believing from the heart you are made righteous; by confessing with your lips you are saved. When scripture says: those who believe in him will have no cause for shame, it makes no distinction between Jew and Greek: all belong to the same Lord who is rich enough, however many ask his help, for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
But they will not ask his help unless they believe in him, and they will not believe in him unless they have heard of him, and they will not hear of him unless they get a preacher, and they will never have a preacher unless one is sent, but as scripture says: The footsteps of those who bring good news are a welcome sound. Not everyone, of course, listens to the Good News. As Isaiah says: Lord, how many believed what we proclaimed? So faith comes from what is preached, and what is preached comes from the word of Christ. Let me put the question: is it possible that they did not hear? Indeed they did; in the words of the psalm, their voice has gone out through all the earth, and their message to the ends of the world.

Matthew 4:18-22

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast in the lake with their net, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.’ And they left their nets at once and followed him. Going on from there he saw another pair of brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they were in their boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. At once, leaving the boat and their father, they followed him.