Feast of St. Andrew

November 30, 2020

First Reading Romans 10:9-18
Gospel Matthew 4:18-22

Artwork by Melina P. | Class of 2023

As Advent begins, many of us are preparing our homes and families to observe this season of the Church calendar. In this time of reflection, how do we enter into a season of celebration if we are paying attention to this world? How do we turn toward Christmas traditions and celebrations when our hearts are broken by social injustice, an international pandemic, political strife, and even by one another? When our communities are divided and we are quick to cause pain through careless words? Words used without hesitation or reflection- flung like rocks at our own glass house. In these days, celebration seems callous and uncaring, if not outright impossible.

But, that is the point. We enter into Advent because we are paying attention. We are not allowed to celebrate, or have hope, without having grief. Hope dares to admit that not everything is as it should be, and so, if we want to be hopeful, first we must grieve. First, we have to see that something is broken and there is a reason why we need hope to begin again.

The foundation for our hope is God’s love and our belief in Him. In today’s reading from Romans, God makes it clear that the Lord is the same Lord for all of us, no matter who we are and what role we are playing in today’s world. We will all be blessed when we call upon the Lord.

Advent reminds us that God seeks out each one of us where we are right now. Not where we should be based on our own, or anyone else’s, expectations.

He seeks us out when we are suffering, are hardened to the world, are more concerned with immediate gratification than faithfulness, are scared, selfish, sad and lonely. When we are wounded, and when we are the ones who are wounding.

The faithfulness that Peter and Andrew exhibit in the Gospel of Matthew putting down their nets, and their livelihood, to follow Jesus, and trust in His love, is what Advent is all about. It is a way to observe and remember. Marking the truth we believe that God came to be with us once, and God is still with us, even in our darkest days. And, most importantly, God will come again to set all things right.

Loving God,
I sense that all is your creation
and everything, and all of us,
are being drawn back toward your loving heart.
Help me to be a person of peace,
To speak about it in an uneasy world,
And to live it among the people
you have put into my life every day.
Light in me a desire to trust and believe in your love,
to stand in the face of fear, waiting, eager and filled with joy.

 - Archdiocese of Toronto

By Dr. Sara Bruins
Assistant Principal of Academics