SAINT OF THE DAY: 30 NOVEMBER, 2015

Saint Andrew

Apostle
(† First century)

Saint Andrew

Saint Andrew was one of the fishermen of Bethsaida, and was the brother of Saint Peter.

He became a disciple of Saint John the Baptist.

When called himself by Christ on the banks of the Jordan, his first thought was to go in search of his brother, and he said to Peter, We have found the Messiah! and brought him to Jesus.

It was Saint Andrew who, when Christ wished to feed the five thousand in the desert, pointed out a little lad with five loaves and a few fishes.

After Pentecost, Saint Andrew went forth upon his mission to plant the Faith in Scythia and Greece and, at the end of years of toil, to win a martyr’s crown at Patrae in Achaia.

When Saint Andrew first caught sight of the gibbet on which he was to die, he greeted the precious wood with joy.

O good cross! he cried, made beautiful by the limbs of Christ, so long desired, now so happily found! Receive me into thy arms and present me to my Master, that He who redeemed me through thee may now accept me from thee!

After suffering a cruel scourging he was left, bound by cords, to die upon this diagonal cross.

For two whole days the martyr remained hanging on it, alive, preaching with outstretched arms from this chair of truth, to all who came near, and entreating them not to hinder his passion.

(SOURCE: Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a compilation based on Butler’s Lives of the Saints and other sources by John Gilmary Shea (Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894).)

READING OF THE DAY: 30 NOVEMBER, 2015

Monk-In-White,-Seated,-Reading
“Brothers and sisters: If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.

For the scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.”

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, enriching all who call upon him.

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed?

And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?

And how can they hear without someone to preach?

And how can people preach unless they are sent?

As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring (the) good news!”

But not everyone has heeded the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what was heard from us?”

Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.

But I ask, did they not hear?

Certainly they did; for “Their voice has gone forth to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.”” – Romans 10:9-18.