Thursday of the 34th Week
Feast of St. Andrew
At a Deaconate ordination after the man has been ordained, the newly ordained deacon, wearing his new vestment called the dalmatic, kneels before the bishop. The bishop places the Book of the Gospels in the hands of the newly ordained, saying, “Receive the Gospel of Christ whose herald you have become. Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.” I keep this prayer taped right above my computer screen where I can read it every day. As we celebrate the Feast day of St. Andrew, that prayer should be all of our desires.
St. Paul in our first reading says, “How can people believe in Jesus if they have not heard about him? How can they hear without someone to preach to them? And how can they preach unless someone is sent?”
Our desire should be to bring the good news of Jesus to all we meet.
Before I entered the seminary, I still had many concerns, was I smart enough, was I holy enough and was I worthy enough? Among all the questions and concerns I had, I still kept hearing Jesus saying to me, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of all people.” To say “yes” meant to leave those cares behind.
God is still calling people to the ministry of discipleship; this includes us here today. We may not get our name in sacred scripture, but our role is just as important.