Malvern Minute  – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

November 30, 2016  – Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (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, and immediately they left their boat and their father
and followed him.

 

Reflect: Although we take a short break today from the typical Advent readings, we can still look at these readings with “Advent eyes”.  Since this is the Feast of Saint Andrew, the Gospel today recounts the calling of the first apostles.  Jesus walking along the seashore encounters Peter and Andrew as well as James and John. It is remarkable that Peter and Andrew, At once left their nets and followed him.” Likewise for James and John, when Jesus called, immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.” During Advent, Jesus wants to encounter us; he wants to enter our lives more completely. For us to answer, we need faith.  Peter and Andrew together with James and John didn’t hesitate when they saw Jesus. They had hearts that were searching and desiring to know the truth.  When Jesus came to them, they were willing to put even their livelihood and their relationships at stake for the sake of knowing the Savior.  Jesus calls us to have an “Advent heart” that is completely open to him, his ways, his message.  We are challenged, then, upon our encounter with Christ to entrust everything to him. A beautiful image I heard speaks about inviting Jesus into our house when he knocks; welcoming him into every room – even the messy, dirty ones, as well as the locked ones; and then turning over to Jesus all of the keys to the house.

Am I seeking and desiring to know Jesus better? Am I ready and willing to risk answering the door, showing Jesus even the hidden rooms of my life, and turning all of the keys over to him? What might be holding me back or making me feel uncomfortable about welcoming Jesus into all the nooks and crannies of my house (my life)?

 

Pray: Loving God, please give me a heart that is receptive to your call. Provide for me the grace to let you take over all aspects of my life. Give me faith. I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Andrew: Pray for us!

 

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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