Leaving It All Behind

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Today is the Feast of St. Andrew. He was the brother of Simon Peter. In today’s first reading from Romans 10, St. Paul asks a series of questions, ending with “And how can people preach unless they are sent?” St. Andrew was an Apostle. The word apostles means “one who is sent.”

In today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 4, we read about the call of Andrew and his brother Simon. Jesus said to them, “Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.” They dropped everything and followed Him.

Andrew and Simon realized that nothing was more important than following Jesus. Not work or business. They were fishermen, at work tending to their family business when they left it all behind. I often wonder if I would be willing to do the same. I truly feel like I’m following Jesus now, but if He wanted me to do something completely different, would I leave everything behind and go? Would you?

Father, may we have the faith of St. Andrew to leave it all behind to follow your Son, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Today’s Readings

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