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Andrew the Apostle

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  • Reading I:  Romans 10:9-18
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 19:8,11
  • Gospel Reading: Matthew 4:18-22

Confessing Jesus with the Lips

Have you ever been asked “How do I become a Christian?” These verses give you the beautiful answer: Salvation is as close as your own lips and heart. People think it must be a complicated process but it is not. If we believe in our heart and say with our mouth that Christ is the risen Lord, we will be saved.

We have heard this a lot of times from groups that call themselves Christians and claim that their belief is based on the Bible. This is an example of a reading that disregards the context of Romans 10:8-12 itself which is not about being saved but about the apostolic conviction that Christ is the goal of the Mosaic law (see 10:5). Paul writes those words to people who already believe the apostolic preaching and therefore the suggestion that one can use these words for people who are still unregenerated is not in the intention of the author. More here…

The Call of the First Disciples

On this feast of St. Andrew, it is quite appropriate that the reading from Matthew’s gospel is from the account of the call of the fishermen. The account taken in itself has few differences with the one found in Mark 1:16-20. Both accounts present the call of the fishermen as the first fruits of Jesus’ preaching and anticipates what He will be saying about leaving everything behind and following Him.

Within the greater context of Matthew’s account of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, however, we see that the call of the fishermen is one of the consequences of the fulfillment of the Isaianic prophecy about the "Light" that dawns among the Gentiles, giving hope for those who dwell in the darkness. In Matthew, "Galilee" is "Galilee of the Gentiles" and everything that happens there is an anticipation of the Christian missions in the lands outside of "Israel". Jesus calls the first Galileans, those that will form the core of disples whom He, after His Death and Resurrection will later on send out to make disciples of all nations. He associates them with His work by making them fishers of men, that is, as the instruments by which His reign as Lord will be expanded on earth.

Among these first "fishers of men" is Andrew, brother of Simon, later called "Peter". He is among those who — in the words of Paul in the first reading — have made possible faith in Christ

Thus faith comes from what is heard,
and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.
But I ask, did they not hear?
Certainly they did; for

Their voice has gone forth to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.

Information about St. Andrew

More on St. Andrew here.

Romans 10:9-18
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9For if thou confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thy heart that God hath raised him up from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10For, with the heart, we believe unto justice; but, with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.
11For the scripture saith: Whosoever believeth in him, shall not be confounded.
12For there is no distinction of the Jew and the Greek: for the same is Lord over all, rich unto all that call upon him.
13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved.
14How then shall they call on him, in whom they have not believed? Or how shall they believe him, of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear, without a preacher?
15And how shall they preach unless they be sent, as it is written: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, of them that bring glad tidings of good things!
16But all do not obey the gospel. For Isaias saith: Lord, who hath believed our report?
17Faith then cometh by hearing; and hearing by the word of Christ.
18But I say: Have they not heard? Yes, verily, their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the whole world.
Psalm 19:8,11
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8The law of the Lord is unspotted, converting souls: the testimony of the Lord is faithful, giving wisdom to little ones.
11More to be desired than gold and many precious stones: and sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.
Matthew 4:18-22
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18And Jesus walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishers).
19And he saith to them: Come ye after me, and I will make you to be fishers of men.
20And they immediately leaving their nets, followed him.
21And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets: and he called them.
22And they forthwith left their nets and father, and followed him.
Romans 10:8-12
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8But what saith the scripture? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart. This is the word of faith, which we preach.
9For if thou confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thy heart that God hath raised him up from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10For, with the heart, we believe unto justice; but, with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.
11For the scripture saith: Whosoever believeth in him, shall not be confounded.
12For there is no distinction of the Jew and the Greek: for the same is Lord over all, rich unto all that call upon him.
Mark 1:16-20
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16And passing by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother, casting nets into the sea (for they were fishermen).
17And Jesus said to them: Come after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
18And immediately leaving their nets, they followed him.
19And going on from thence a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were mending their nets in the ship:
20And forthwith he called them. And leaving their father Zebedee in the ship with his hired men, they followed him.

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