It is 30th November 2017. We celebrate the Feast of St Andrew the Apostle. The readings are from Romans 10:9-18; and the Gospel from Matthew 4:18-22. The way we present Jesus to others either leads to Him or to leave away from Him. The method we employ to portray the Lord to the other persons is very crucial for the salvation of the souls. The presentation and pedagogy must be personal and significant experiences of the Lord. Only then it has the impact on the other to pull them towards the one we ourselves have fallen in love with. The encounter we have with the Lord needs to be seen and noticed by the other persons in word and in deed. Our faith needs to have the inclusivity to embrace, expand and inculcate the values of the Truth, the Life and the Way. We have a duty to lead the others however the temporal lives treat us unfairly. We cannot save the other persons if we ourselves are not saved by Him. Our willingness to speak and share about the encounter must be spontaneous, motivating and inspirational. The proclamation of Good News is not just a bunch of theological and philosophical jargons worded meticulously rather it is the deepest expressions and experiences of meeting the person of Christ in our lives. St. Andrew is the model for such an experience to lead the other after meeting the Lord. Some of know the bombastic terminologies of the doctrines yet far from a personal experience with Jesus. Meeting the Word as the person of Christ is the crucial moment of life changing experience for oneself and the other. The responsorial Psalm praises, “Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.” (Jn.6:68). In the Gospel, we encounter Jesus who invites the simple fishermen to follow Him. “Jesus called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed Him.” (Mt.4:22). How do we respond to the Lord who calls daily in various circumstances of our lives? Do we continue fishing the way we have been fishing or to listen to Jesus? What stops us to leave the boats, the fishing and the family we belong for Jesus? Most of our lives are full of excuses and lies than expounding and experiences that changes us deeply and have the potentiality to change the other. Let us move in to Jesus to have the life eternal. May the Lord give us courage to let go to let have Jesus in our lives and in the lives of the others. May you have a good day.

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