Friday, December 1, 2017

St. Andrew

"Come and follow me."

There must have been something about Christ that attracted Andrew. Something inside his heart told him, “He is the one. He can fulfill the deepest longings of my heart. I will follow Him.” Andrew encountered the living God and his life was never the same.

Pope Francis has been talking a great deal about having an encounter with Jesus Christ. It is this personal encounter with the living Lord that changes hearts and lives forever. Saul went from persecuting Christians to being one of the greatest evangelists of all time after encountering Jesus on the road to Damascus. St. Francis of Assisi heard the voice of Jesus tell him, “Rebuild my Church.” His life was never the same. The Lord asked Mother Teresa to care for the poorest of the poor and sickest of the sick…and she did it.

How can I encounter Christ if He died over 2000 years ago? St. Paul, St. Francis and Mother Teresa all encountered Jesus after His resurrection. Jesus is alive and speaks to us in so many different ways today – through the Sacraments, through the Scriptures, through other people, through nature, through everyday events, through silent prayer, etc.

Jesus calls all in the same way He called St. Andrew, “Come and follow me.” The Andrew brought his brother Simon Peter to meet Jesus and it changed both of their lives. 

Powerful words that change people's lives.  “Come, follow me.”