Wednesday, November 29, 2017
THURSDAY, 34TH Week in Ordinary Time
November 30, 2017 – THURSDAY, 34TH Week in Ordinary Time
ST. ANDREW, Apostle
Rom 10: 9 - 18 I Mt 4: 18- 22
St. Andrew, Apostle, brother of St. Peter, was a follower of St. John the Baptist and among the first called by Christ. He preached in Greece and was martyred on an X-shaped cross.
FROM THE FIRST READING: Rom 10: 9 - 17
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 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 to see those coming to bring 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 preaching is rooted in the word of Christ.
GOSPEL READING: Mt 14: 18- 22
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.
Today's Gospel reading invites us to trust in Jesus just as the fishermen Peter and his brother Andrew and James and his brother John did when, at Jesus' call, they
immediately left their boats to follow Jesus.
It is amazing how at Jesus' call the four fishermen left boats and family immediately to follow Jesus, "to fish for people." Could we follow Jesus in the same way, without any hesitation or prior preparations?
The first reading tells us how we receive the good news, from those sent to preach.
Let this be our prayer today, that our faith in God be strengthened so that we could follow his call, like Jesus' first disciples. And wherever we may be and whatever we may be, may we be messengers of God's good news to others in our daily lives.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
BERT AND MI-ANN LOMBOS
GONZALO & PERPETUA F. ANG
IN MEMORIAM (†)
BERNARD JOSEPH ONG
GRACE ANG LIM (FEB. 20, 1954 ·NOV 30, 2000)
In loving memory of the first death anniversary of Avelino Casas. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and may he rest in peace.
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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