Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Salvation is Near - Readings for the Feast of St. Andrew

The readings for today remind us that salvation is near, and may be obtained by faith, an active trust in God.

In today's Gospel (Matthew 4.18-22), Jesus calls Peter, Andrew, John and James, and they leave their old life behind and follow him. It is an act of faith for the Apostles to follow Christ. Christ calls us, too, to follow Christ.

The passage today in Romans is not telling us that mere intellectual assent to the doctrines of Christ's Lordship and resurrection are enough for salvation; rather it is our trust in Jesus as Lord, and God's mighty act in Christ, that Leads to salvation.


Today's Readings: Psalm 19; Deuteronomy 30.11-14; Romans 10.8-18; Matthew 4.18-22

From the Daily Office:

If on your lips is the confession that "Jesus is Lord," and in your heart the faith that God raised him from the dead, then you will find salvation. For the faith that leads to righteousness is in the heart, and the confessions that leads to salvation is upon the lips. - Romans 10.9,10, New English Bible

May all that I say and think be acceptable to thee, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer! - Psalm 19.14, New English Bible.

Saint Andrew, pray for us!

From Wikipedia on Saint Andrew:

"Eusebius quotes Origen as saying Andrew preached along the Black Sea as far as the Volga, Kiev and Novgorod. Hence he became a patron saint of Ukraine, Romania and Russia. According to tradition, he founded the See of Byzantium (Constantinople) in AD 38, installing Stachys as bishop [the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church occupies St. Andrew's See]...Andrew is said to have been martyred by crucifixion at the city of Patras (Patræ) in Achaea, on the northern coast of the Peloponnese. Early texts, such as the Acts of Andrew known to Gregory of Tours, describe Andrew as bound, not nailed, to a Latin cross of the kind on which Jesus is said to have been crucified; yet a tradition developed that Andrew had been crucified on a cross of the form called Crux decussata (X-shaped cross, or 'saltire'), now commonly known as a 'Saint Andrew's Cross' — supposedly at his own request, as he deemed himself unworthy to be crucified on the same type of cross as Jesus had been."

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