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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 30, A.D. 2004

Romans 10:9-18
Psalm 19:2-5
Matthew 4:18-22

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Apostle Andrew. Holy Scripture doesn't tell us very much about him except that he was a fisherman and the brother of St. Peter. Yet, he was chosen by the Lord for the sacred ministry to build the church of Christ and to spread the good news of salvation throughout all the earth.

It seems inconceivable that the church of Christ is built on the foundation of Apostles who were such unseeming choices for such profound responsibilities. Yet, it isn't altogether inconsistent with God's ways, in that He singles out the unknown and lowly - those with seemingly few talents for auspicious tasks.

Could it be a signal for those of us who have no particular stature, no outstanding qualities? Could the Lord be calling us to participate with our apparent nothingness in the salvation of the world? Shouldn't we, like Andrew, drop what we're doing without protest, submit to God's grace and do whatever it is that the Lord bids?

I pray that through the intercession of holy St. Andrew, that we all might respond as quickly and generously as he did, to the voice of Jesus that says, 'Come, follow me.'

- Donna Nelson, ocds
(drn3rd at hotmail dot com)

Lives of the saints:

St. Andrew, apostle

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