Wednesday, November 30, 2022

 

Saint Andrew 

John, Chapter 8, Verse 42

Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would LOVE me, for I came from God and am here; I did not come on my own, but he sent me.

 

God is loving, a love so great that to make right the sin of man God took the punishment due upon Himself. In the creed we allude to this he “descended into hell and on the third day he arose from the dead” in those three days he suffered the punishment due to us; such is his love. Those who love Christ are the seed of Abraham and those who do not are the seed of Satan. We are either the servant of the world or the covenant of love formed through Abraham.

 

Servanthood[1]


 

Secular Leadership vs. Spiritual Leadership

 

Issue

Secular Leadership

Spiritual Leadership

How to gain influence

Leverage power

Love people

How to possess confidence

Compete and win

Depend on God

How to acquire authority

Claim your rights and position

Servanthood

How to grow an organization

Demand of people

Develop people

What vision drives you

Temporal gain

Eternal gain

What is success

Overcoming the competition

Obeying the Lord

The heart of Leadership

The boss

A Father

 

Chapter 8 of John’s Gospel depicts the face-off between two conflicting worldviews. The flawed worldview of the Jewish leaders caused their inability to see Jesus as a person. Nor were they able to understand that He was the second person of the Trinity: God the Son; the Messiah. They unlike Abraham could only believe what they could see, such as power and feared being displaced by the Romans. They did not understand the love of God was the willingness to serve which compels one to be, know and do the work of their Creator, God. 

Feast of Saint Andrew[2]

ANDREW, a brother of St. Peter, born at Bethsaida, was first a disciple of John the Baptist. Afterwards both the brothers were called by Christ, on the Sea of Galilee, before all the other apostles, with the words: Come after Me, and I will make you to become fishers of men (Mark i. 17). Immediately they left all, and became faithful disciples of Jesus, arid witnesses of His deeds and sufferings, of His resurrection and ascension. After the descent of the Holy Ghost, Andrew travelled through Scythia, Epirus, and Thrace, and by his teachings and miracles converted vast numbers to Christ. As he was preaching at Patras, a city of Achaia, he was violently pressed by the proconsul, Aegeas, to offer sacrifice to the idols; but he nobly answered him, I daily offer sacrifice to God; not the flesh of oxen, nor the blood of rams, but an unspotted Lamb; and although all the faithful may have partaken of His flesh, yet the Lamb remains as before He was offered, alive and undivided. Aegeas, enraged, committed him to prison, and on the following day caused him to be scourged; and as he persevered in his declaration, condemned him to be put to death by crucifixion. When he saw the cross, the instrument of his death, he greeted it with joy, embraced it, and said, O good cross, that was adorned with the limbs of Christ, thee have I long desired; thee have I fervently loved; thee have I continually sought. Now thou art made ready for me, according to the wish of my heart. Take me away from men, and restore me again to my Master, that through thee I may come to Him Who through thee has redeemed me. After this he was nailed to the cross. Two days he remained hanging thereon, preaching faith in Jesus, until his soul was taken up to Him Whom he had so ardently desired to resemble in the manner of His death.

In the Introit of the Mass the Church announces to us how greatly the apostles were exalted by God, Who made them teachers and fathers of the whole world. She cries out, therefore, “To me Thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honorable; their principality is exceedingly strengthened. Lord, Thou hast proved me and known me; Thou hast known my sitting down and my rising up” (Ps. cxxxviii.).

Prayer.

We suppliantly beseech Thy majesty, Lord, that as blessed Andrew the apostle was both a preacher and ruler of Thy Church, so he may be with Thee as a perpetual intercessor for us. Amen.

EPISTLE. Rom. x. 10-18.

Brethren: With the heart, we believe unto justice; but, with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture saith: Whosoever believeth in Him, shall not be confounded. For there is no distinction of the Jew and the Greek: for the same is Lord overall, rich unto all that call upon Him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him, in Whom they have not believed? Or how shall they believe Him, of Whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear, without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they be sent, as it is written: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, of them that bring glad tidings of good things! But all do not obey the gospel. For Isaias saith: Lord, who hath believed our report? Faith then cometh by hearing: and hearing by the word of Christ. But I say: Have they not heard? Yes, verily, their sound hath gone forth into all the earth and their words unto the ends of the whole world.

GOSPEL. Matt. iv. 18-22.


At that time: Jesus walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishers). And He saith to them: Come ye after Me, and I will make you to be fishers of men. And they immediately leaving their nets, followed Him. And going on from thence, He saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets: and He called them. And they forthwith left their nets and father, and followed Him.

Explanation.

The alacrity with which Andrew followed the call of Jesus teaches us:

1. That we should, on the spot, give ear to God when He inspires us with a good thought, or calls us to a better course of life.

2. That, in order to follow His voice, we should cast behind us all desires for temporal goods, and even leave our parents, if they should prove a hindrance to us, for “he that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me” (Matt. x. 37).

Aspiration.

Mayest Thou be forever praised, most amiable Jesus, that Thou didst choose, not the wise, the mighty, or the rich, but, what in the eyes of the world was foolishness, to confound the wisdom and power of the world, and didst accordingly graciously look upon poor fishermen, and exalt them to the height of the apostolic dignity. Look also with fatherly regards upon us, Thy frail children; call, nay, draw, us in such manner to Thee that, after the example of St. Andrew, we may suffer nothing in the world to detain us from following Thee, and may always glory in Thy cross, which is our salvation, our life, and our resurrection.

Things to Do: [3]

·        Today's feast traditionally marks the end of the Church year and beginning of Advent. Advent always begins on the Sunday closest to November 30, with this day being the last possible day of the old Liturgical Year. Christmas is right around the corner. An old saying reflected this:

St Andrew the King
Three weeks and three days
before Christmas begins.

Because weddings were not allowed during Advent and Christmas and Andrew is the patron of unmarried maidens, many countries have marriage-related superstitions connected to this day. See Patron Saints Index for a few traditions.

·        Beginning today the Christmas Anticipatory Prayer, also known as the "Novena to St. Andrew" (Hail and Blessed be the hour...) is prayed every day until Christmas.

·        Read Anticipating Christmas, Beginning with the Saint Andrew.

·        View some of the art depictions of St. Andrew. Here's another Gallery of Images of Andrew.

·        Remember to pray for fishermen and all who make their livelihood by the sea.

·        Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, Russia, and Romania. The flag of Scotland (and the Union Flag and the arms and Flag of Nova Scotia) feature a saltire (X-shaped cross) in commemoration of the shape of St. Andrew's cross.

·        Read more about St. Andrew from Butler's Lives of the Saints. Also read about Andrew from The Golden Legend.

·        Foods connected with this feast: St. Andrew was a fisherman, so fish dishes and biblical themes would reign supreme. Women for Faith and Family have reprinted Evelyn Vitz's suggested "Biblical Dinner" menu. But there are other foods connected with this day

o   Scotland: St. Andrew is the patron of Scotland. Scones, haggis, sheepshead and fish dishes are traditional. The scones are called "wigs", although their shape is rectangular.

o   England: St Andrew is a patron of lace-makers. On his feast, sometimes known as "Tander", areas such as Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire celebrate by feasting, drinking elderberry wine, sports and serving a special cake called the Tandra Cake, particularly in Bedfordshire. It has a bread dough base to which lard, sugar, currants, lemon peel and eggs are added. This is also a day for squirrel hunting in England, so Brunswick Stew would be another dish on the table in England.

o   Slovakian Countries: Halushky (pasta dish) is cooked. Unmarried girls place slips of paper with names of single young men into the dish.

St Andrew Facts[4]

 

·       Andrew was fishing with Simon Peter, James the Greater, John, and their father, Zebedee, when Jesus came and said he would make them fishers of men (John 1:35-42).

·       Andrew was reportedly martyred on November 30 in the year 60 A.D by a Roman governor's order in Achaia (Greece).   He was crucified and bound to the cross to increase his suffering.  The cross was tilted to create an "x," which is known today as St. Andrew's cross and is the basis for the Scottish flag.

·       The Feast of St. Andrew is the last holiday of the Christian year.  It is held the day before Advent begins, November 30 in Roman Catholic and some Protestant churches.  St. Andrew's Day is a holiday in Scotland that honors the disciple as the country's patron saint.

·       St. Andrew is the brother of St. Peter (Simon Peter), who was the first leader of the church.

·       St. Andrew is the Patron saint of:  Amalfi (Italy), Barbados, Esgueira (Portugal), Luqa (Malta), Patras (Greece), Romania, Russia, Scotland and Ukraine.

 

St Andrew Top Events and Things to Do

 

·       Travel to Scotland to celebrate St. Andrew's Day.  The holiday commences many parties and festivals in Scotland, and it is also an official holiday in the country.

·       St. Andrew's remains, or relics, are thought to be buried in Italy at the cathedral in Amalfi.  Pilgrimage to Italy to visit.

·       Go fishing or enjoy a seafood dinner.  St. Andrew is the patron saint of fishermen.  He was a fisherman before he left his old life to follow Jesus Christ.

·       Visit St Andrew's Cathedral in Patras, Greece. It is the largest church in the Balkans region and one of the largest in Europe. According to history, St. Andrew was crucified just outside of the church.

·       Take pictures of yourself on St Andrew's Day and use the Instagram tag #myinstagram to win prizes.

 

Feast of St. Andrew, November 30—In Britain also known as “Andermess,” this marks the end of autumn and the last harvest feast. In later centuries when Advent was shortened, November 30 marked the beginning of the Advent season. See more information in my previous post, Anticipating Christmas, Beginning with St. Andrew.

Every Wednesday is Dedicated to St. Joseph

The Italian culture has always had a close association with St. Joseph perhaps you could make Wednesdays centered around Jesus’s Papa. Plan an Italian dinner of pizza or spaghetti after attending Mass as most parishes have a Wednesday evening Mass. You could even do carry out to help restaurants. If you are adventurous, you could do the Universal Man Plan: St. Joseph style. Make the evening a family night perhaps it could be a game night. Whatever you do make the day special.

·       Devotion to the 7 Joys and Sorrows of St. Joseph

·       Do the St. Joseph Universal Man Plan.

 

Daily Devotions/Practices


·       Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: The lonely and destitute.

·       Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·       Make reparations to the Holy Face

·       Drops of Christ’s Blood

·       Rosary


[1] John Maxwell, The Leadership Bible.

[2]Goffine’s Devout Instructions, 1896.

[3]https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2019-11-30

[4]https://www.wincalendar.com/St-Andrew

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