On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 30, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

If there is no conviction in your faith to share the love of Christ with others, to preach and teach; then how deep is your love and your relationship with Him?

How do you profess that Jesus is the Lord of your life if it does not move you to follow Him? To follow in His footsteps and bring the love and mercy of God our Father to all? To proclaim His kingdom and to unite those who have lost their way, back to Him?

Indeed sisters and brothers, we are all sent, just like St Andrew the Apostle whose feast we celebrate today. To bring hope and light when there is none. To be witnesses to the Gospel and beacons for Christ our Lord. Amen

St Andrew pray for us…

First reading

Romans 10:9-18
Faith comes from what is preached, and what is preached comes from the word of Christ

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.

Gospel

Matthew 4:18-22
‘I will make you fishers of men’

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.

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