We Have to Act Now!
We Have to Act Now!
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed-Christ). Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter). (John 1:40-42)
When the Lord saw Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew and He called them, they immediately left their boat and their father and followed him. (Matthew 4:18-21) They embraced the mission of our Lord and shared it with other. They even laid down their lives for the shake of the Gospel. Jesus’ mission became their mission, so we are called today to accept their mission as our mission by bring others to Christ. St. Paul reminds us, how beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news! (Romans 10:9-18) With all sorts of corruption, abuse, unfaithfulness, and violence that are happening both here and abroad, we desperately need the message of Jesus. If not me who spread the Good News, who will? If not now, then when? When the doctor gave me the bad new that my cancer has aggressively returned and said, “we have to act now!” I bet you “time is precious!” St. Paul reminds us of the importance of our mission: But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent? At baptism, we were commissioned as priest, prophet, and King, at the Eucharist we are sent into the world to “announce the Gospel of the Lord!” So, we are called today, in honor of St. Andrew, to encourage our friends, neighbors, and relatives to consider their relationship with God while we joyfully witness to the power and beauty of our Catholic faith. Like Andrew, just tell them that you have found Christ, you want to bring them to Christ and let God does the work. Do not be afraid! The Lord is counting on you!
Our Blessed Mother Mary was not afraid of giving the first Gospel testimony to her cousin, Elizabeth which began Her first missionary encounter. Elizabeth responded to Mary with profound humility, saying "who am I that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" Let us come to Her asking for courage to spread the Good News by praying “Hail Mary full of grace…”
St. Andrew, pray for us.
Peace in Christ,
Fr. Vincent-Vuong Nguyen
Fr. Vincent Nguyen
on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 7:05AM