Intention: That we may be a people of life, speaking for the dignity and needs of all people, especially the poor, the oppressed, the exploited, the misunderstood, and the forgotten.
Today’s Gospel | 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.
From the Meditation on Saint Andrew | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
You have been called, just as the holy Apostles were, to make God known, and you need great zeal for this. Ask God for a share in the zeal of Saint Andrew. Regard him as your model, and proclaim Jesus Christ and his holy maxims without growing weary. For this purpose, you need to have learned these truths from Jesus Christ by often being in his company through your diligence in prayer. This is where, after you have studied your responsibility to instruct others, you must not spare anything in you to procure the glory of God in every kind of way.
Eternal Father, you sent us your Son so that we might learn to recognize the sound of your voice calling us to you. There are times when the worries and distractions of our lives can make it hard for us to see or hear you. Help us to be awake to your approach and your words, and grant that we will have the courage to answer you immediately. May we find in ourselves the wisdom and faith to walk always as your disciples. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.