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November 30, 2006

For the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, 30 November

Matthew 4:18-22

Today in his Gospel, the Lord calls his first four disciples.
His Gospel has already explained that what is taking place is the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah.
… the people who sat in darkness have seen a GREAT LIGHT,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
LIGHT has dawned.

Like a great flash of light, the Lord suddenly shows up while Simon and Andrew are fishing, and he says to them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”
Straightaway they follow him.
A short time later, it is the same with James and John mending fishnets in a boat with their father.
The Lord calls them also.
Straightaway they leave the nets, the boat and their father.
These four men interrupt their lives ON THE SPOT to follow someone who appears to be a complete stranger.
Echoing the words that the Lord spoke through Isaiah, we can say of these four fishermen:
James and John,
Simon and Andrew—
these men who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
and for these men who sat in the region and shadow of death
light has dawned.

In the midst of darkness and death, the dawning of a great light can inspire men to interrupt their lives on the spot to follow the light.
Who is the GREAT LIGHT whom James, John, Simon and Andrew follow?
St. Paul today, by his letter to the Romans, tells us what these men and all the apostles have declared concerning the GREAT LIGHT.
The apostles confess, believe and preach that Jesus is Lord.
The Father of heaven raised him from the dead.
Christ Jesus saves and justifies all who confess and believe in him.
He snatches them from eternal death and makes them holy.
CHRIST THE GREAT LIGHT comes to us through the apostles in the Church and the sacraments.
When we are in darkness, our faith can allow us to receive the GREAT LIGHT OF CHRIST through the sacraments, the Church and the apostles.
When we are lost in the shadow of death, our faith allows the light of Christ to dawn for us through the sacraments, the Church and the apostles.
Here in his Eucharist, Christ still appears as a stranger on the shores of a foreign land.
He still interrupts our work.
Here in his Eucharist he still calls out to us, “Come follow me!”
Here we have the perpetual opportunity to drop everything else in our lives, and immediately follow Christ, the Dawn of Great Light.

That God Be Glorified in All


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