The Gospel Today
Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle
As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew,
casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.
He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father
and followed him.
Reflection (Sem. Jorge A. Santiago Jr.)
Our seminary caters to young professionals who are called ‘late in life’ to enter priesthood and to respond to the call of God. Most of us were college graduates and had worked for at least two years – from ages 25 to 40. We often hear vocation stories from our brother-seminarians that they had worked first to help the family with their finances before deciding to enter the seminary even if there were already definite signs and confirmations regarding their vocation.
St. Andrew was one of the apostles called by Jesus while he was still working. And our Gospel speaks of how Andrew and the other apostles were called during their ‘busy’ days at work. It was amazing how they responded to the call of Jesus. It was a clear ‘yes’ on their part that they were able to leave their nets and their father to follow Him. It seemed that they have left their boats and father, as if they were not sensitive enough to think who would take care of them when they follow the voice they had heard.
But they knew who this ‘Caller’ was and they knew that He was more important than the boats and their father. Besides, the boats and their father would be taken cared of as they entrust everything to Him who called them without hesitation.
I, too, left my own work and family to entrust everything to the generosity and love of Jesus who called me. It is not easy to withdraw from the comfort of money, success and family but I know the ‘Caller’ is more important than them. I also know that they would be taken cared of by people whom God will send.
The challenge for me as I grow in the formation is to constantly heed His call, to remind myself that the ‘Caller’ is more important than anybody else, and to fully trust His generosity and love; that everything will be taken cared of by God and He will never leave my side.