Yesterday was the feast of St Andrew the Apostle.
He is the brother of St Peter. Prior to meeting Jesus, he was a disciple of John the Baptist.
John pointed out Jesus to Andrew. He followed Jesus and spent the day with Him.
Andrew introduced his brother Simon to Jesus and both became disciples of Jesus.
Their encounter with Jesus changed them both.
Like Andrew, we were introduced to Jesus by, family, school, or other faith people.
Our Baptism calls us to introduce others to Jesus.
John the Baptist did not hold on to Andrew and his other disciples but sent to Jesus.
Our motives for introducing others to Jesus need also be motivated by love and a healthy detachment.
There is no room for self-interest in this.
Andrew introduced his brother to Jesus motivated by a desire to share spiritual things with his brother.
Likewise, we are motivated by wanting the good for others.
We point the way to Jesus. However, it is He who speaks to their heart in a way that we cannot do.
Jesus speaks to our hearts but will not force Himself on us. He invites into a relationship. Our response out of our free will gives us life.
Is there anything that holds me back from a free and faith-filled surrender?
What am I called to let go of this Advent?
What am I being invited to embrace!
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