Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle

Today's Mass Readings


The apostles were called by Christ to be men of passion and commitment. They were to be Christ’s very representatives on earth. They were to be Christ coming into the nations; this is what the word apostle means—to be another Christ! In St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, we hear words of encouragement to those who are called to be other Christs in the world: there is no distinction between Jew and Greek: the same Lord is Lord of all.

We might be tempted to believe that since I am not as educated, articulate, or dynamic as others, I have no place in proclaiming Christ; all I am is a simple person; what good am I? This is far, far from the truth. If you believe in Christ, you then possess that same dynamism and call as the apostles. Nothing prevents you, not education, not skill, not charisma, from loving as Christ loves.

Love is everything. If you have love, you have everything. So, let your life, so filled by Christ and called by Christ, be a witness of your faith and love for his people, and you will become a great witness for Christ.

Reflection by Fr. Etienne Huard, OSB

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