Posted by: livingscripture | November 30, 2015

Feast of St. Andrew

From the Word of the Day


“As Jesus 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.”     

(Matthew 4: 18-20)

How should we live this Wordcalling_of_the_fishermen_hat[1]

 Today’s Gospel is appropriate for the feast of the Apostle Andrew and there are some important characteristics that are connected to the call of our spiritual life today.

Jesus sees two brothers and everything begins from this gaze of Jesus.  In the Gospels, this gaze of Jesus always has a pregnant meaning.  It is not a passing look, but a seeing within, in depth.  It often becomes synonymous with the verb love.  This indicates that the initiative of the call comes from and is always exclusively from Jesus.  “You have not chosen me but I have chosen you” (John 15: 16).

They were casting their nets into the sea because they were fishermen.  They were intent on their daily work. Jesus does not call them in some sacred place but in the reality of daily life.

Then He says, ‘Come after me’.  This is the Teacher’s command!  Jesus does not give lengthy explanations and complicated strategies about their future.  He only asks that they follow Him, that they trust Him implicitly.  It does not mean learning a doctrine or a system of ideas, but following a Person, Jesus.

Then He tells them, “I will make you fishers of men”, thus speaking their language, that of fishermen, the only one they were capable of understanding.  He asks of these two brothers the readiness to place themselves at His service to gather people, just as the fishermen do with the fish in their nets.

They immediately followed Him!  Andrew and Peter immediately handed over their lives to Him and abandoned all that, until that point, constituted their whole life and future.

The experience lived by Andrew is that of every authentic disciple called by Jesus who accepts to entrust themselves entirely to Him without asking for explanations.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I shall ponder this scene and see if I am doing likewise in my life with the calls of Jesus.

Lord, help me to be Your authentic disciple.

 The Voice of Eusebius of Caesarea, Church Historian

 In the end, after having made them his disciples, after having inspired them with divine strength, and after having fill them with the power of courage, being the true Word of God, the author of these miracles, He made them fishers of spiritual souls.


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Reflection by Fr. Fernando Bergamelli, SDB


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