HOMILY: THURSDAY 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (FEAST OF ST. ANDREW) YEAR A
THEME: THEY FOLLOWED HIM
BY: MSGR GERALD M. MUSA
The Ashanti people of Ghana say, “When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him.” We like to follow those we admire, especially parents, teachers, preachers, and leaders whose teaching and lifestyle are in harmony. Sometimes, we call those we follow our idols, role models, or heroes. Jesus was selective in choosing the companions who would succeed him. He was not just looking for fans, admirers, social media followers, intellectuals, aristocrats, or noblemen and women.
He was looking for ordinary people with simple but profound qualities. We can identify some remarkable qualities in the people he chose: they were busy people (fishermen and they were mending their nets); they were simple; they were patient (as catching fish requires much patience); they made themselves available; they were willing to give up everything; they were ready to make sacrifices, including the ultimate sacrifice of laying down their lives for the sake of the gospel. In summary, to follow Jesus is to follow his lifestyle; to follow him implies leaving behind a fruitless old lifestyle and adopting a more fruitful lifestyle that he offers us. When Jesus saw Peter and Andrew catching fish he said to them, “Follow me.” They left their nets immediately and followed him. To follow Jesus, they gave up something precious to them, which was their source of livelihood. Are we ready and willing to follow him?
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