Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle
Jesus has invited Peter and Andrew to be fishers of men. When have you felt a calling, an invitation of the Spirit? Maybe you felt called to a ministry at your church that you never, in your wildest dreams, expected to ever be a member, or even a leader. A calling for us today is a bit different from the calling of Jesus’ first four disciples – Peter, Andrew, James and John. These men left everything to follow Him. They trusted him, they felt his presence, they knew somehow that this was someone they needed to walk with. They returned to their families and their livelihoods, where they would continue to follow Jesus throughout their daily lives.
Do we continue to follow the call? There is a saying that is probably overused, but makes a lot of sense – he doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called. How many times in ministry have we said, “oh, I can’t do that ministry because I’m not worthy”? We are all worthy, if we have that love of Jesus in our hearts, and we love him so much that we will serve him wherever he calls us! Can we trust him implicitly throughout our day to day activities, remembering that he is always with us?
Don’t let any earthly fear or attachment prevent you from answering the call! In your work, at home, at play – Jesus wants you, and he wants to be with you – he wants us all, to share in his works, and all we have to do is let go and trust his guidance. Don’t be a periodic searcher for Jesus in your life, bring him close to you always, and acknowledge and accept those gifts that he so generously wants us to have! God bless you!
Patty Masson supports the Passionists from Spring, Texas.