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Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle

Romans 10: 9-18
Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11
Matthew 4:18-22

The Gospel reading is one that is familiar to us as Jesus calls fisherman Peter, Andrew, James and John to follow him and become fishers of men. While Christ calls to all, Saint Matthew describes this special call to these men who were given to him by the Father. When we quiet ourselves and listen to the call of Jesus do we accept that we are chosen by the Father to respond to Christ’s loving invitation. What can we learn from these simple fisherman who were called out to be a fulcrum to change the world? Can we accept that Jesus gives gifts to us; puts treasure into earthen vessels to carry out his work in the Kingdom?

On the surface, it may be easy to see ourselves heading Christ’s call. Yet we must understand that this call costs our comfort and can challenge our priorities, even the priority of family. “He called them, and immediately they left their father and followed him” (MT 4:22). As parents, sons and daughters, sisters and brothers our initial reaction may be one of conflict with the example of James and John leaving their father. And while we have critical responsibilities to our families, we must come to terms that God calls us to be his servants and we are not our own. Whether our calling is urgent and immediate, or the slow work of the spirit over years in faith we are called to be faithful to his call and in faith trust even this potential conflict with our familial instincts. Comforting and inspiring are Paul’s words to the Romans: “No one who believes in Him will be put to shame” (ROM 10:11). “ How can anyone preach unless they are sent? How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news” (ROM 10:15).
And the psalmist reminds us the words of the Lord “are more precious than gold.”
Let us open our hearts to the calling of Christ today.

By Mark Latta

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* Our Way of Life *

"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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