The First Monday of Advent

Saint Andrew the Apostle

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Today is Monday, November 30, the last day of November and the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle.

Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist before he was called to follow Christ.  He was also Peter’s brother.  Here’s what Saint John Chrystostom has to say about Andrew in today’s Office of Readings.

After Andrew had stayed with Jesus and had learned much from Him, he did not keep this treasure to himself, but hastened to share it with his brother.  Notice what Andrew said to him:  We have found the Messiah, that is to say, the Christ. Notice how his words reveal what he has learned in so short a time.  They show the power of the master who has convinced them of this truth.  They reveal the zeal and concern of men preoccupied with this question from the very beginning.  Andrew’s words reveal a soul waiting with the utmost longing for the coming of the Messiah, looking forward to his appearing from heaven, rejoicing when he does appear, and hastening to announce so great an event to others.  To support one another in the things of the spirit is the true sign of good will between brothers, of loving kinship and sincere affection.”

Chrysostom goes on to point out that this conversion didn’t happen over night.  It was a process then and it’s a process now.  Even some of the Apostles, the men who lived with Jesus during His earthly ministry didn’t “get it” until after the Lord’s death and resurrection.  For one of them, Thomas, it took even more.

Here in the early days of Advent would be a good time to examine our own conversion process and to ask ourselves if we’re following Andrew’s example of sharing the good news with others.

To support one another in the things of the spirit is the true sign of good will between brothers, of loving kinship and sincere affection.”

A new web site from the U.S. Bishops

Here’s some news from the Catholic News Agency.  The U.S. Bishops have launched a new web site for the Advent and Christmas seasons.  It features a virtual Advent Calendar.  Clicking on a day of the calendar takes you to a page of prayers and activities for that particular day.  Pretty neat!

The site also features other prayers and blessings for the season, facts about Advent and Christmas, and a resource page.  Check it out!

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