Saturday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Saturday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

November 30, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint Andrew, Apostle (c. 5BC – 60AD) – patron of fishermen

Romans 10:9-18

Psalm 19

Matthew 4:18-22

Today’s Gospel reading is one that is very familiar to us as Jesus calls the fishermen Peter, Andrew, James and John to follow Him and thus become “fishers of men.”  While Christ calls to all, Saint Matthew describes this special call to these men who were given to Him by His Father.  When we quiet ourselves and listen to the call of Jesus do we accept that we are chosen by the Father to respond to Christ’s loving invitation.  What then can we learn from these simple fishermen who were called out to be a focal point to change the world?  Can we accept that Jesus gives gifts to us; placing treasure into earthen vessels to carry out His work in the Kingdom?

On the surface, it may be easy to see ourselves heeding Christ’s call.  Yet we must understand that this call costs our comfort and can challenge our priorities, even the priority of family.  “He called them, and immediately they left their father and followed Him”  (Matthew 4:22)  As parents, sons and daughters, sisters and brothers our initial reaction may be one of conflict with the example of James and John leaving their father.  And while we have critical responsibilities to our families, we must come to terms that God calls us to be His servants and we are not our own.  Whether our calling is urgent and immediate, or the slow work of the Spirit over our years in the faith, we are called to be faithful to His call and in faith trust even this potential conflict with our familial instincts.  Comforting and inspiring are Paul’s words to the Romans, “No one who believes in Him will be put to shame.”  (Romans 10:11)  “How can anyone preach unless they are sent?  How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the Good News.”  (Romans 10:15)

Question of the Day:  Is your heart open to the calling of the Lord today and every day?

Prayer:  Almighty God and Father, grant that I may become whatever You wish

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