Thursday, November 29, 2012
FEAST, ST. ANDREW
FEAST, ST. ANDREW
FRIDAY 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
Rom 10:9-18 / Mt 4:18-22
You are saved if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart you believe that God raised him from the dead. By believing from the heart, you obtain true righteousness; by confessing the faith with your lips you are saved. For Scripture says: No one who believes in him will be ashamed. Here there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; all have the same Lord, who is very generous with whoever calls on him. Truly, all who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. But how can they call upon the name of the Lord without having believed in him? And how can they believe in him without having first heard about him? And how will they hear about him if no one preaches about him? And how will they preach about him if no one sends them? As Scripture says: How beautiful are the feet of the messenger of good news. Although not everyone obeyed the good news, as Isaiah said: Lord, who has believed in our preaching? So, faith comes from preaching, and preach ing is rooted in the word of Christ. I ask: Have the Jews not heard? But of course they have. Because the voice of those preaching resounded all over the earth and their voice was heard to the ends of the world.
As Jesus walked by the lake of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. He said to them, "Come, follow me, and I will make you fish for people." At once they left their nets and followed him. He went on from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John in a boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. Jesus called them. At once they left the boat and their father and followed him.
The first four disciples of Jesus were fishermen, going about their own business when Jesus called them to follow him. They must have heard about and seen what Jesus was doing among the people while proclaiming the kingdom of God, so it was very possible that they had been touched by what they were seeing; hence, they answered the call of Jesus without hesitation.
Andrew is older than his brother Simon, whom he then brings to Jesus (Jn 1:40). He seems content to let Simon take the leadership. What does this say about Andrew? This shows that he is not selfish or proud. Discerning that Jesus could be the Messiah, he shares this knowledge with his brother. His love for God and his love for his brother are simultaneous. He understands that the `good news' is meant to be shared, so he brings Simon Peter to Jesus. When Peter slowly becomes the leader of the apostles, Andrew is not envious of him because he knows that it is God who decides these things, it is He who apportions gifts to men.
In our communities, do we quarrel with one another out of envy or rivalry? Let us imitate Andrew's example and be in communion with each other.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
… for the personal intentions of
- Beny Chua
- Pat Marquez
… Birthday: Rodel de Guzman
… Wedding Anniversary: Rodel and Angel de Guzman
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Milagros Millar-Dayrit. Eternal rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Raynard Lim Yu
- Birthday: Erwin Peale E. Belza
- Wedding Anniversary: Timothy & Eurica Tan
- Wedding Anniversary: Gonzalo & Perpetua F. Ang
- Wedding Anniversary: Bert & Mi-ann Lombos
- In Memoriam (+): Yao Le de Sy Suy (1903-1968)+
- In Memoriam (+): Grace Ang Lim (Feb 20, 1954-Nov 30, 2000)+
- In Memoriam (+): Jose Ong
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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