- On November 30, 2012
Today’s Gospel (Mt 4:18-22) relates the story of Jesus asking Andrew and Peter to follow Him and become “Fishers of Men”. This is inspiring to all of us involved in the Fishers of Men movement but is only part of the story. Previously, John the Baptist had introduced Andrew to Jesus. Andrew promptly goes to get his brother Simon-Peter to follow Jesus with him. He literally brings his brother to Jesus. The act of bringing a brother to Jesus clearly describes our mission in an exciting way. Inviting a friend to a group meeting, to St. Leos lunch, or just to talk will help bring men to Jesus. As we learned in Cursillo, make a friend, be a friend, bring a friend to Christ. As we enter the Christmas season may we all pay particular attention to the men who the Holy Spirit puts in your life and be open to issuing God’s invitation to them.
(In John 1:35ff, John the Baptist was with his disciples. He tells them that Jesus is the “Lamb of God” (v. 36) and they stay with Jesus a while (v. 37). In John 1:40-42, Andrew goes and gets Simon-Peter and they follow Jesus. Why? Because Andrew had spent time with Jesus and told Simon that Jesus was the Messiah (v. 41). Later, in Matt. 4:18, Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee and He sees Simon-Peter and Andrew as they were fishing. He had not asked them to follow Him until this point in verse 4:19. They do (4:20).)