Meditation for Tuesday of the First Week of Advent
(Rm 10:9-18; Mt 4:18-22)
Today we celebrate St Andrew the Apostle, brother of St Peter. He was going through the normal daily struggle for survival until Jesus stepped in. Since then, the fishery is still not one of the topmost courses of study in our institutions, and fishing is still a simple man’s occupation! But Jesus’ call of the fishermen of Galilee has made fishing a symbol of the gathering of the people of God through the Gospel.
“As Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.” There are dynamics in this encounter that is very relevant for our Advent Season. As Jesus came down to the seaside, He anticipated a favorable response from Andrew and his companions. This ‘coming down to meet the ones He has chosen is in line with His Christmas decent at Bethlehem, and His coming again at the end of time. Jesus’ ‘Advent’, His longing and waiting for a favorable response from those He comes to and communes with gives rise to our own Advent! Andrew answered because Jesus called; he followed because Jesus came down to him and showed the way.
In this Advent, we long for Him who longs for us; His presence now deepens our yearning for His coming again in glory! Andrew and his companions were able to abandon their nets because Jesus abandoned His high level to be with them. The mystery of Christ’s Advent inspires us and adorns this solemn season with glory and power. In our meditation, we look up to Jesus; He inspires our hope and leads us along the way to become fishers of men. Our celebration today testifies that Jesus awaits our favorable response. Amen.
St Andrew the Apostle, pray for us.
Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church,
Tuesday, November 30th, 2021.