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Monday, November 30, 2020

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St. Andrew

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

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“the name above every other name” (phil 2:9)

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” ––Romans 10:13

Most of us reading this are baptized Catholics.  Once a year, at Easter, we have the remarkable opportunity to renew our baptismal promises.  In this way, we “confess with” our “lips that Jesus is Lord” (see Rm 10:9).  But if this confession is not founded upon heartfelt belief, our words ring hollow. In addition, salvation is not a onetime event.  We must persevere, exercising the virtue of fortitude.  “The man who holds out to the end, however, is the one who will see salvation” (Mt 24:13).

Considering this, wise disciples guard against apathy.  Are we about our Father’s business? (see Lk 2:49)  “None of those who cry out, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of God but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Mt 7:21).

Who can live up to such an overwhelming standard?  Don’t despair!  We are not alone on this journey.  We “are surrounded by this cloud of witnesses” (Heb 12:1), including St. Andrew.  Andrew was one of the first evangelists (see Jn 1:41-42).  “How beautiful are the feet of those who announce good news!” (Rm 10:15)  He now resides in heaven, ready and willing to pray for us.  At Mass, the Church reminds us the saints are constantly interceding in God’s presence; we can rely on them for unfailing help. Don’t neglect the Communion of Saints.  Remember our older brothers and sisters who have gone before us.  St. Andrew, pray for us.

Prayer:  Father, grace us to say what we mean and mean what we say.

Promise:  “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul; The decree of the Lord is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple.” ––Ps 19:8

Praise:  “One of the two who had followed Him after hearing John was Simon Peter’s brother Andrew” (Jn 1:40). Thank you, St. Andrew, for answering the Lord’s call.

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