THEME: THE LOVING GAZE OF JESUS
Today, we honour one of the Apostles: Saint Andrew. Andrew and his brother Peter were fishermen who took on a new form of fishing. They became “fishers of men,” as Jesus said. But prior to being sent on this mission by our Lord, they had to become His followers. And this happened as our Lord was first the fisher of these men.
In today’s Gospel text, Jesus was simply walking by and “saw” these two brothers working hard at their occupation. First, Jesus “saw” them, and then He called them. He saw something beyond the ordinary fishermen standing: He saw potential winners for Christ. This was a gaze with a difference, a gaze of divine love, a gaze that is perpetual and deep. His gaze is one that yearns for us to follow Him, to abandon all else so as to hear His gentle invitation not only to follow Him, but to then go forth and invite others on the journey of faith through the same gaze of love.
As we begin this Advent season, we must allow the call of Andrew and Peter to also become our own calling. We must allow ourselves to notice Jesus as He looks at us, sees who we are, is aware of everything about us, and then invites us to turn such loving gaze towards others that will better their situations, transform their lives and make a difference.
May the Lord bless + all your plans this new week in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen!