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Theo Tigno
11/29/2011 1:58 pm

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Feast of St. Andrew
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.

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Today's prayer intention - for the repose of the soul of Ralph Peterson.

We all desire to know who we are. We know our parents. We know our families and our friends. We know what gifts we have and through those gifts how we can serve others. I once heard that we know who we are through our relationships.

I imagine that St. Andrew knew who he was. He was the brother of Peter. He was a fisherman. This is how we can come to form a picture of who he is.

Yet, we don't know much about his relationship with his brother. We don't know if they used to compete to see who could jump higher or which one of the two got into trouble more with their parents. What we know is that he trusted Jesus enough to leave behind his way of making a living. He must have believed in Who Jesus is.

I somehow know many people who are going through a struggle in making a decision. If we can somehow remind each other of God's dominion over all ... if we can somehow remind each other that there is nothing that the Apostles have given up that was not given back many times over ...

Do our actions tell others that we trust in Jesus Christ? Not a happy-go-lucky, "Jesus will take care of it all and I don't have any responsibility in this" trust, but a truly deep cooperation with a God that foretold how St. Andrew's brother, Peter, would die? Do we trust Jesus, Who gives us His Body and Blood? Do we trust that Jesus gave His authority to the Church, and through Her we know that contraception and abortion and same-sex marriage is wrong?

St. Andrew's cross was in the shape of an "X"? What does your cross look like? Take care and God Bless.

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