Friday, November 30

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery, the Crucifixion of Christ. Today’s Gospel reading, Matthew 4:18-22, tells us about Jesus calling Andrew to follow Him. Today is St. Andrew’s Feast. More about him later. Right now let’s think about Jesus calling and crosses. Think about it. Every cross that comes our way provides us with a crossroads. It gives us a choice. Jesus had a choice on Calvary. People yelled at Him “If you’re the Messiah come down off the cross and save yourself!” They were being sarcastic, cruel. What they didn’t realize was that He could have. But instead of coming down off the cross to save Himself He remained there in order to save them. And us. Things happen in life, or, as I said in another post, “stuff” happens. Constantly. Well, almost constantly. 🙂 There are a multitude of little annoyances, of major catastrophes, with plenty of other “stuff” in between. With each bit of “stuff” we are presented with a cross and a crossroad. We can shoulder the cross and go to the right, the straight and narrow way, or leave it there, come down from it like Jesus could’ve but didn’t, and go left. Please read Ecclesiastes 10:2. Now Jesus gives us His example but He does something else as well. He calls. “And He said to all: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23. See those words? “All” and “any” and “daily”. No exclusions from His call. All inclusive is what Jesus is and what the Gospel is. There are also no excuses. No valid ones anyway. So we have choices. As odd as it may seem some folks don’t realize this. Have you ever heard someone say “I didn’t have any other choice”? That doesn’t wash. There are always choices. We just need be aware, to look for them and heed Christ’s call so that we don’t make a wrong turn.

Today … St. Andrew. Brother of Simon Peter, fisherman turned into a fisher of men. Can you imagine what it must’ve been like being Peters brother, both before and after conversion? I don’t mean to get off topic but a quick thought about Peter will tell us something about Andrew. I have always loved Peter. Oh-so sure of himself, mouthy and ready to go for it before even thinking about what “it” might lead to. Kinda reminds me of me when I was younger. Peter talked a lot. That tells me two things about Andrew. First, he must have had lots of patience. Second, he was probably the quiet type. I figure that he was quiet because with someone like Peter it was probably hard to get a word in edgewise. One more thing about Andrew. All of his life he remembered that day he stood at the biggest crossroad he ever faced when a Carpenter called to him and said “Follow Me!” Every day, when you wake up, you get the same call. Every day Jesus sends us each an invitation. Every “Follow Me!” is a crossroad, a call to one more step forward in our conversion from self-centered to Christ-centered.

The phone … It rings, you pick up. It rings, you let the answering machine pick up. Calls and choices. Don’t put Jesus on hold.

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