Invited Into Jesus’ Mission

Feast of Saint Andrew 

‘As Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.’  [Matthew 4:18-20]

The text for today reminds us that Jesus has come to establish a new kingdom – at the heart of which is the proclamation of the good news. But what is the ‘good news’? 

Taking this text as a starting point, the good news begins with understanding that God has a plan to bring about his kingdom and that you are being invited to be part of it. It begins with the invitation to come and follow. To receive this invitation, we must be ready to allow the word of God to open our minds and hearts, and to be prepared to leave behind those things that hold us back. This is a personal call for each of us – a call to follow Jesus. This includes learning to leave behind the unnecessary and to focus only on the important. 

If we have not allowed the words ‘follow me’ to sink into our hearts in the past, now is the time to let it happen. Even if we have tried to respond in the past, today the invitation is to set out anew. This is our journey of faith, to listen each day, ready to follow once more.  

Each of us is invited into Jesus’ mission, but we cannot do this alone. We must always be open to hearing God’s word calling us into ever deeper relationship and intimacy with God, and to a renewed sharing in the mission of God. As disciples, we are called to live the life of Jesus, and reach out to those who are lost, lonely or last. 


by Lisa McKerr

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