St. Andrew, Apostle

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

"And how can they hear without someone to preach?"

There are many things about a man entering the seminary that are misunderstood. One important point, that many people are not clear on, is that a man enters the seminary in order to continue to discern the calling that the Lord has made to him. He does not enter the seminary because he has already made a decision to be a priest. The Lord calls out to every young man, “Come after me….” What differs from one man to another is the phrase that follows “Come after me….” For some, the words that follow are “Be my faithful disciple, and serve me through the wife and children I will gift you.” To others, Jesus says those words by which we hear him calling Simon and Andrew: “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” The prayer that a man offers while in the seminary asks the Lord for help in clarifying just which call it is that the Lord has made to him.

“Fishers of men.” This is a metaphor, of course: one that speaks to Simon and Andrew, whose lives as adults had been given to the livelihood of being fishermen. Regardless of the livelihood which they had chosen for themselves, the Lord’s words mean “Come after me. I chose you to be the servants of my Church.” No matter the Christian, and no matter the vocation to which the Lord calls him or her, the root of each vocation is service."