As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them,
and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.
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Commentary of the day :
Saint Bernard (1091-1153), Cistercian monk and doctor of the Church
2nd sermon for the feast of Saint Andrew
The martyrdom of Saint Andrew the apostle
“O Cross, so long desired and now offered to my soul’s aspiration, joyfully and confidently I approach you. Receive me with gladness, I who am the disciple of him who hung from your arms…” Thus, [according to tradition], spoke Saint Andrew as he saw from afar the cross erected for his martyrdom. From whence did so amazing a joy and exultation come to this man? From whence so great a constancy in so weak a being? From whence did this man hold firm with so spiritual a mind, so fervent a charity and so strong a will? Don’t imagine he drew such great courage from himself; this was the perfect gift coming down from the Father of lights (Jas 1,17), from he who alone works wonders. This was the holy Spirit coming to assist his weakness and flooding his heart with a love strong as death and even stronger than death (Sg 8,6).
Please God we too may have a share in this Spirit today! For if the struggle for conversion is painful for us at the moment, if watching in prayer bores us, it is solely because of our spiritual laziness. If the Holy Spirit were with us he would surely come to assist our weakness. What he did for Saint Andrew in the face of the cross and death, he would do for us too: taking away the painful aspect of the hard work of conversion, he would make it desirable and even pleasant…! My brethren, let us seek out this Spirit, let us put all our care into acquiring it, or into possessing it more fully if we already have it. For “whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Christ” (Rm 8,9). “We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit that is from God” (1Cor 2,12)… So we should take up our cross with Saint Andrew, or rather with him whom he followed, our Lord and Savior. The reason for his joy was that he was not just dying with him but like him and that, united so closely to his death, he would reign with him… For our salvation lies in this cross.
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