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PREVIEW November 30, 2017:  St. Andrew, Apostle

Look 14
  • 'Feet' pin: How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news! (1st reading)
  • 'Phone' tie bar:  All who 'call' on the Lord will be saved (1st reading); Jesus called fishermen (gospel)
  • 'Heart' pin:  One believes with the heart and so is justified (1st reading); the Lord's precepts rejoice the heart,... (psalm)
  • 'Olympics' tie pin:  Their voice has gone forth to all the earth (psalm)
  • 'Owl' tie pin:  ...give wisdom to the simple,... (psalm)
  • 'Eyeball' pin:  ...and enlighten the eye;... (psalm)
  • Gold-colored accessories:  ...they're more precious than gold... (psalm)
  • Comb (in pocket):  ...and sweeter than honey from the 'comb' (psalm)
  • 'Fishes' tie:  Jesus called during fishing expedition (gospel)
  • 'Fishing pole' tie bar: Peter and Andrew were fishermen (gospel)
  • 'Boat' tie bar: James and John were in a boat with their dad (gospel)
  • "What would Jesus do" pin:  "They left their nets and followed him" (gospel)
    • Red shirt:  St. Andrew, apostle

      For Psalm 19
      • Rom 10:9-18  All, Jew or Gentile, who confess Jesus as Lord, believe God raised him, and call on the Lord will be saved.  People need to be sent to preach so others can hear, believe, and call on the Lord.  Faith comes from what is heard, through Christ's word.  How beautiful the feet of those who bring good news!  Their voice has gone forth to all the earth.
      • Ps 19:8-11  "The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just." or "Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life."  The law of the Lord is perfect, trustworthy, right, clear, pure, true, just, precious, and sweet, giving refreshment, wisdom, joy, and light.
      • Mt 4:18-22  Jesus to fishermen Simon and his brother Andrew:  “Come; I'll make you fishers of men.”  They followed him.  He called James and John; they left their boat and father and followed him.
      • Fr. Chris Bazyouros homily video:  We're missionary disciples, sent to share what happens when you invite Christ into your life.  Hear his call, and go out.
      • Creighton:  Today’s gospel is about trust.  Jesus first calls brothers Peter and Andrew, and they follow.  Then he calls brothers James and John, and they leave their boat and also go.  In gospel stories with a message of trust, there's a demonstration of trust by one or more people.  Jesus doesn't just say, “Trust me”; there's follow-up.  I imagine the four called today felt moved by the Spirit and acted on that feeling.  How often has the Spirit called me to action, but I didn't have the trust to respond, maybe because I was unsure or afraid of what lay ahead?  Maybe Peter, Andrew, James and John were afraid too, but they listened and trusted....
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      • One Bread, One Body:  "The left-out can reach out":  Andrew was one of the first two disciples to follow Jesus.  Andrew even led his brother, Simon Peter, to Jesus, who called them with James, and John to become fishers of men.  But Andrew didn't remain prominent; only Peter, James, and John, sans Andrew, were included at the raising of the daughter of Jairus, the Transfiguration, and the agony in the garden.  When #4 of a threesome, a tripod's 4th leg, or the 4th member of a trio, it's easy to be jealous, unforgiving, or fall into self-pity, but Andrew persevered, continuing to abandon everything to be a fisher of men.  When Greeks asked Philip to take them to Jesus, Philip took them to Andrew to take them.  When you're left out, reach out.  Share your love for Jesus, who was left out and rejected throughout his earthly life (from manger to cross), and still is, but still reaches out to us in love.
      •  "Fishers of people":  Jesus gave his disciples the mission to catch people for God's kingdom.  He chose ordinary people who could do his work extraordinarily well under his direction and the Spirit's power.  When the Lord calls you, don't think you have nothing to offer; he'll use what we can offer to do great things.  We can catch people for God's kingdom if we allow Christ's light to shine through us, in how we live, speak, and witness gospel joy.  "Thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumph, and through us spreads knowledge of him.  We're the aroma of Christ among those being saved and those perishing...."
      Today's saints, from Universalis
      • Andrew, fisherman, apostle, one of the first to follow Jesus, introduced his brother, Simon Peter, to him.
      • Cuthbert Mayne, priest, martyr