Posted by: livingscripture | November 30, 2012

Feast of St. Andrew

From the Word of the Day


“One believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.”

(Romans 10: 10)                                                                                                                      

How should we live this Word

On this feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, it is good to remember that in Greek, his name means ‘man’.  Today’s Word gives precise indications about the fullness of life and therefore, of the authentic humanity that comes from following Jesus.  We see this in today’s Gospel as Andrew quickly abandons his fishing nets in total availability to Jesus’ invitation.  Andrew responded promptly to the call because he believed with his pure and docile heart in the divine call.

Believing with the heart is the same as saying having faith, the root of interiority and therefore a personal adhesion to the Lord, and not the appearance of faith that can be blown away by the winds of temptation and trials.  Those who truly believe are just because they act with honesty, goodness, patience, uprightness and not from egoism or self-interest.  They seek the good of everyone.

However, the life of the Christian is not only interior.  Paul tells us that ‘If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.’  At times it is necessary to speak of our identity as Christians from our heart to those who do not share our Christian convictions.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will verify my willingness to speak of my faith to others when circumstances require this.  Am I rooted in Christ in a deep personal relationship or is my faith only a superficial veneer?

Thank You, Lord!  On this feast of St. Andrew you indicate to me the road to grow in humanity to become more and more like You!

The voice of Mariano Magrassi, Monk, holy Bishop 

Know how to risk by abandoning yourself without hesitation to God’s surprises under the action of the Holy Spirit.  This is the fidelity that is tried through the crucible of time.

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