Posted by: matt25 | November 30, 2012

What About Andrew?

Beloved friends, we have inherited heaven along with the apostles. On this Feast of St. Andrew, join me in giving thanks to the Father for all his gifts through reflection on these brief excerpts from today’s Morning Prayer Liturgy of the Hours.

Ant. 1 Two men followed the Lord from the beginning: one of these was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter.
(In a world that does not believe, we contemplate the faithful example of the saints.)

Ant. 2 The Lord loved Andrew and cherished his friendship.
(In a culture that rejects it, a personal friendship with Jesus is possible still. In wisdom we seek it or in joy we embrace that which we know.)*.

Ant. 3 Andrew said to his brother Simon: We have found the Messiah, and he brought him to Jesus.
(In the face of pressure to keep our faith in silence, we ask for the grace to discern who and how we are called to boldly and joyfully share the God who is love with.)

You are strangers and aliens no longer. No, you are fellow citizens of the saints and members of the household of God. You form a building that rises on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure is fitted together and takes shape as a holy temple in the Lord; in him you are being built into this temple, to become a dwelling place for God in the Spirit.
Eph 2:19-22

* I have experienced this wonderful friendship and it is part of my spiritual bedrock, a great gift I received by participating in a Cursillo retreat. If you know someone who has mentioned Cursillo to you, ask them about friendship with Christ and what it means to them. If you don’t, ask around at your diocese to see if the Cursillo movement has a presence there.

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