Feast of Saint Andrew, apostle
Reading 1: Romans 10:9-18
Psalm: Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11
Gospel: Matthew 4:18-22
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men”
Fear and awareness of our own sinfulness are our human reactions to the presence of the Holy One. In this Gospel, Peter (Simon) is commissioned to “catch men” after he acknowledged his unworthiness. Peter was given a mission which was closely linked to Jesus’ ministry. He was assigned to catch men and women with God’s word as attraction, to gather human beings for the kingdom of God.
This is God’s call to us, which is first received with a sense of unworthiness and then with joy and confidence which come from the conviction that one works for God.
At times, in our lives, we disregard God’s call to serve Him by spreading the good news. Sometimes there are things or situations that hinder us from being a “fisher of men and women”.
Indeed, the cost of discipleship is high. God demands of us nothing less than total surrender.
MS. ANNA-LEA V. SANTOS