FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FIRST MONDAY OF ADVENT
St. Andrew Apostle
November 30, 2020
WORD of the DAY
As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him. (Mark 13: 33-37)
How shall I live this Word?
Of course every call is a leap into the void, a trust beyond the ability to see and understand. Each call is a dive beyond the meaning of the words: ‘fishers of men’ but what does it mean for simple and practical men who have spent their lives fishing for fish?
Each call is a going beyond logic and throwing oneself, without fear and without restraints, into the incomprehensible and unprecedented of God. Each call is also a profound dialogue between hearts that understand each other, between eyes that look at each other, between ears that listen, between God and humans. And His call must be answered yes, as did the fishermen of the Sea of Galilee who immediately left their nets and followed Him. Peter and Andrew who we are celebrating today, did so and they are an example for us in responding to a strange, incomprehensible, illogical call that comes from God, the vocation to follow Jesus.
Lord Jesus, help us to open our hearts and not only our minds to respond with enthusiasm and joy to the many calls you make to us every day.
The voice of Henrik Johan Ibsen, Dramatist
Vocation is a torrent that cannot be rejected, nor blocked, nor forced. A passage towards the ocean will always open up.