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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memorial of the Apostle Andrew


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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If we die with him, we shall live with him,
if with him we endure, with him we shall reign.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Matthew 4,18-22

As he was walking by the Lake of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast into the lake with their net, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, 'Come after me and I will make you fishers of people.' And at once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there he saw another pair of brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they were in their boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. And at once, leaving the boat and their father, they followed him.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If we die with him, we shall live with him,
if with him we endure, with him we shall reign.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This liturgical year, which in the early days has welcomed Andrew's memory, closes still remembering this apostle, who was the first among those called. The evangelist Matthew narrates his call at the beginning of the Gospel, when Jesus meets the first four disciples. They were the first to follow him, having left their nets and their normal life. This reminds us that the Christian is first and foremost a disciple, that is, a follower of Jesus. The apostle Andrew reminded us of this at the beginning of this liturgical year and he reminds us of it as the year is about to end. Every day, every year, the entire life of the disciple is to listen to Jesus and follow him. This is why the story of Andrew, the first called - according to the narrative of John - continues to be exemplary. According to tradition, Andrew announced the Gospel in Syria, Asia Minor and Greece and died in Patras, crucified like his Teacher. Orthodoxy venerates him as the first bishop of the Church of Constantinople. This is why in recent decades the Church has established the excellent tradition of a mutual visit of the Church of Peter (the pope) and the Church of Andrew (the Ecumenical Patriarch). Today the representatives of the Pope are on a visit to Constantinople to attend the Divine Liturgy. It is a sign of the common path which the Churches must take again, as happened at the beginning of the Christian story. The evangelist Matthew narrates the common response of the first four disciples, who together followed Jesus. The call is also repeated to us today: "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of people." Like those first disciples we too must continue to walk with Jesus. This call encloses our future, our very lives. Jesus addressed to those first disciples words they could understand in a direct and understandable way: "You will be still fishing, but fishing people." For this kind of fishing we need to leave behind the usual nets, and take others, those of brotherhood. And the waters are no longer those of the lake but the crowds of this world who are tossed by the waves of violence. Andrew lies before us with his ready reception to Jesus' invitation. We are not the ones who choose, it is another one who looks at us, loves us and calls us. Truly Jesus is the true "fisher of people." He called those first disciples and continues to call even today men and women who allow themselves to be carried away by his love and his dream for the world, the dream of uniting all in the net of a universal brotherhood.


11/30/2017
Memory of the Apostles


Calendar of the week
JAN
21
Sunday, 21 January
Liturgy of the Sunday
JAN
22
Monday, 22 January
Memory of the Poor
JAN
23
Tuesday, 23 January
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
JAN
24
Wednesday, 24 January
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
JAN
25
Thursday, 25 January
Memory of the Apostles
JAN
26
Friday, 26 January
Memory of Jesus crucified
JAN
27
Saturday, 27 January
Sunday Vigil
JAN
28
Sunday, 28 January
Liturgy of the Sunday