Searches for enlightenment are completed in Jesus Christ!
…having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints….
Andrew was a fisherman. He had fished all his life. As a child, he learned fishing from his father. As an adult, he had his own fishing business with his brother.
But as the years wore on, he began to suspect that there might be more to life than just fishing.
He began to wish for someone to turn the light on in his life, to show him what it was all supposed to be about. Why was he here? Why were they all here? What’s the meaning of life?
He took a couple of days off and began hiking down the river that flowed out of the southern end of the lake that he fished. At first it was nice and calm, no one around, and he had conversations – prayers – with God.
About the end of the second day, he met up with a large group of people on both banks of the river. They were listening to one man, dressed in a rather strange outfit.
But what this man said hit him in the heart! It was like a light had been turned on! What he heard could be summed up in one sentence, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
He stayed with him several days, learning, listening, and praying.
Then another man showed up. Some said he was the cousin of the man in the strange clothes.
Andrew saw him pour water on this new man. He called him, “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
Andrew followed this new man up the bank of the river. He turned to Andrew and asked, “What are you seeking?”
Andrew found exactly what he was seeking in Jesus Christ and became the first disciple called by Jesus.
Andrew immediately found his brother and said, “We have found the Messiah!”
Andrew would bring others to Jesus. Andrew would be sent by Jesus into the unknown world to tell others about Jesus.
Andrew eventually made his way north to a small Roman colony called Byzantium. Some say he even went further north proclaiming the Gospel in what today is called Ukraine and Russia.
The eyes of Andrew’s heart were enlightened by the Light of the World – Jesus Christ.
Andrew knew the hope to which Jesus called him. Andrew shared the riches of the glorious inheritance that Jesus gives to all those called “saints.”
This is the Feast Day of Saint Andrew. It marks the end of the Church Year and the beginning of the Advent Season.
Andrew was the first apostle and we can follow his lead by telling everyone we can about Jesus Christ.
Our sins are forgiven by the blood of Jesus. This is a glorious treasure! It is an inheritance to be shared with the world.
It is the hope to which we are all called.
As our hearts are enlightened by the Gospel, let us shine the light of the Gospel to all the world as we begin our preparations of Advent and Christmas.
Almighty God, by your grace the apostle Andrew obeyed the call of your Son to be a disciple. Grant us also to follow the same Lord Jesus Christ in heart and life, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
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