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Tuesday of the First Week of Advent Reflection: November 30

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On the Feast of St. Andrew we read one of the most well known bible verses  Matthew 14.    

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew,
casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.
He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father 
and followed him.

Reading these lines the word that came to mind was “patience”.  Fishing is an activity that comes with no guarantees, we cannot see into the depths of the water to see if we will be lucky, or if we will pull up an empty net.   Furthermore the Bible verse notes that James and John were mending their nets.  This reminds me that we can work day in and day out trying to do our best to spread the word of the Lord, but we also need time to stop, reflect and fix what is not working.  

Prayer to St. Andrew
O Glorious St. Andrew, you
 were the first to recognize and
 follow the Lamb of God.
 With your friend St. John you
 remained with Jesus for that first
 day, for your entire life, and
 now throughout eternity.
 As you led your brother St. Peter
 to Christ, and many others after
 him, draw us also to Him.
 Teach us to lead others to Christ
 solely out of love for Him, and
 dedication in His service.
 Help us to learn the lesson of
 the Cross and to carry our daily
 crosses without complaint so
 that they may carry us to Jesus.

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