As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.
As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Have you ever wondered just how charismatic Jesus must have been that both sets of men in today’s Gospel would “immediately” leave their nets and “immediately” leave their boats? What did poor Zebedee think when his sons upped and left him? Andrew, Peter, James and John must have been captivated by Jesus’ presence to make such an unimaginable and seemingly rash move.
Today’s feast challenges us to consider how we respond to God’s invitations in our lives. We might ask ourselves: How intrigued am I by the mysterious nudges of the Spirit? Is my eagerness to follow Jesus like that of these first four disciples? Am I adventurous enough to risk leaving it all behind?
Advent begins tomorrow. Let’s ask St. Andrew to walk with us as we begin the journey that celebrates the Word who is Life for us!
—Susan Kusz, SND is a Sister of Notre Dame serving as Associate Director of the Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh, WI.
Jesus, you chose Andrew, a simple fisherman, to be among your twelve special friends. He followed you in life and died as you did, by crucifixion. We thank you for his example of zeal in bringing peoples from many lands to the faith. May we always respond to your invitations as promptly as St. Andrew did, for you live and reign forever. Amen.
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