Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Homily for 30 Nov 2016

30 Nov 2016

The Apostles simply left what they were doing and followed Jesus.  I suppose in a romantic sort of way, we can imagine that happening.  But, practically speaking, it’s an extraordinary thing: they just left what they were doing and followed Jesus.

It’s been suggested that a reason why that happened was because they were waiting for the Messiah to come.  They weren’t just fishermen; they were devout Jews, for whom faith was the cornerstone of life.  They knew the Messiah would come some day; they were waiting for him; they were expecting him.

Maybe that’s why they just dropped everything and followed Jesus: they were waiting for him to come along.  But that’s what faith and hope do; they keep us awake to what God is doing.  So when he does come along, we can simply follow him.

The Apostles give us an example of expectant, watchful faith.  And it’s an example we can learn from, each in our way. 

Come, Lord Jesus, be our Light.

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