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<< Friday, November 30, 2001 >> St. Andrew
 
Romans 10:9-18
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Psalm 19 Matthew 4:18-22
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TEACHING US HOW TO FISH

 
"They were fishermen. He (Jesus) said to them, 'Come after Me and I will make you fishers of men.' " —Matthew 4:18-19
 

The first calling Jesus gave His disciples was to be "fishers of men." To Jesus' first four disciples, the term "fishers of men" meant that:

  • Jesus wanted to use their work experience to build His kingdom.
  • Jesus was calling them out of the commercial fishing business (Mt 4:20).
  • Jesus was calling them to leave their father and family (Mt 4:22).
  • They were to catch people, that is, lead people to Christ.
  • Their new kind of fishing would also be hard, back-breaking work with long and difficult hours (see Jn 21:3, 6).
  • They would never catch any fish or men except by the grace of God.

Andrew, a fisherman, understood what Jesus meant, and he immediately fished for his brother, Simon (Jn 1:40-41). Andrew was such a champion "fisher of men" that when some Greeks came to Philip and asked to see Jesus, "Philip went to tell Andrew" (Jn 12:22). May we be like Andrew and understand that discipleship is grace to make a radical decision to evangelize no matter what the cost. Let's go fishing with Jesus.

 
Prayer: Father, may I live and die to evangelize.
Promise: "If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." —Rm 10:9
Praise: St. Andrew led the first pope to Jesus (Jn 1:42).
 
(For a related teaching, order our tape on Evangelization is Like Fishing on audio AV 55-1 or video V-55.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert A. Stricker, May 8, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 18, 2001
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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