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<< Friday, November 30, 2018 >> St. Andrew
 
Romans 10:9-18
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Psalm 19:8-11 Matthew 4:18-22
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TEACHING US HOW TO FISH

 
"They were fishermen. [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 father and family (Mt 4:22).
  • They were to catch people, that is, lead people to Christ.
  • Their new kind of fishing would likewise 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.

St. 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 receiving the 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 is said to have preached Jesus even as he was being crucified on an X-shaped cross.
 
(For a related teaching on Evangelization is Like Fishing, order, listen to, or download our CD 55-1 or DVD 55 on our website.)
 
 
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