Advent Reflection: Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle

I love St. Andrew!  I love the fact that he listened and followed, experienced and invited.  He listened to John the Baptist as he pointed out the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, that is, Jesus Christ, and along with the Apostle and Evangelist John, Andrew followed Jesus and stayed with Him.  Having experienced Christ’s life-changing presence, the first thing he did was to seek his brother Peter, Scripture says, and brought him to Jesus!  (John 1: 36, 41)

There’s an evangelized evangelizer for you!  He had been touched by Jesus and felt such an “enthusiasm for (his) faith” (Go and Make Disciples, Goal I) that he did not delay in seeking his brother to “invite (Peter) to hear the message of salvation in Jesus Christ.” (ibid, Goal II)

How are we doing?

Are we experiencing enthusiasm for our faith? 

Are we inviting others to come to Christ the Lord and to His Church? 

Are we encouraging others to live the Faith fully, to be faithful to what we have heard and received from Christ in His Church, especially when the going gets tough? 

Are we showing beautiful feet by being everyday evangelized evangelizers sent to be and bring Good News?

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed?
And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone to preach?
And how can people preach unless they are sent?
As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!

(Romans 10:9-18)

May the words of the great St. John Chrysostom, bishop and 5th century Church Father, known for his powerful preaching and thus called “Chrysostom”, that is, “golden-mouth”, inspire us to support one another, challenge one another, and call each other on to holiness – for in this we express sincere love:

“To support one another in the things of the spirit is the true sign of good will between brothers, of loving kinship and sincere affection.” (Homily, Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle)

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