On this feast of St. Andrew the apostle, the Gospel narrates the call of the first four disciples. Note that the call is a personal invitation by Jesus. Also, they are called amidst their daily activities: they were “casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.” This invitation to Peter, Andrew, James, and John has two dimensions: “Come after me” (become my disciples) and you will be “fishers of men” (sent out as apostles on a mission to preach the Gospel).
Following Jesus as his “missionary-disciple” (a favorite term of Pope Francis) entails a willingness to meet Jesus’ demanding requirements. Twice it is narrated in the Gospel: “At once they left their nets and followed him” and “immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.”
This call is for all the baptized. The Pope notes, “All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization… The new evangelization calls for personal involvement on the part of each of the baptized” (Evangelii Gaudium, 120).
How will you respond to Christ’s call to be his “missionary-disciple”?
Gospel • Mt 4:18-22
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. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, 22and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.
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