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Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle



There are many times we have heard preachers requesting us to join their churches. One of the first questions they ask is "are you saved?" Many people are unable to answer such questions. Salvation is a continuous everyday process, is not once-and- for-all done deal. We are always in the process of being saved. Our daily lives and daily activities lead us towards salvation. Today in our first reading, the letter to the Romans, stresses that "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Salvation comes from BELIEVING and CONFESSING. In other words, faith and action. Proclaiming what we believe, will lead to our own salvation and salvation of others. The mystery of faith we sing or say during the holy mass is "He is Lord, He is risen from the dead, every knee say bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord."

St. Andrew, whose feast we celebrate today, is believed to be the first to be called. He also confessed Jesus as the Lord by dedicating his whole life to the Lord. In the Gospel of today, the Lord called both Andrew and Simon and both left their work of fishing to follow the Lord, to be "fishing people" for the Lord. We are also called, each one of us for a specific purpose, to bring people to the Lord, through different means. In which way are you drawing people to the Lord? Today, find a way to encourage one person to change his ways and to fully embrace the Lord.

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