The Perfect Moment

The feast of Saint Andrew invites us to ponder his response to Christ’s call: “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men. At once they left their nets…” (Mt. 4:19-20). With his brother Peter, Andrew immediately left his fishing nets to catch souls for the Kingdom.

Are we hesitating to respond to Christ this Advent because we are waiting for just the right moment, those perfect circumstances that will allow us to be just as quick as Andrew? Sadly, we may discover that while we were waiting for that illusive moment, we failed to be attentive to the here and now invitations of everyday life, missing opportunities to respond with the generosity of a true follower of Christ.

Priscilla Marck, The Magnificat Advent Collection.

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Jesus is always present in the world, even today, just as He was twenty centuries ago. He is still calling men and women to their vocations. St. John

Chrysostom wrote that “After Andrew spends the entire day with Jesus, he does not keep the treasure for his personal benefit, but hastens to share it with his brothers.” John the Baptist introduces Andrew to Jesus. The first person Andrew introduces to Jesus is his brother Peter. “We have found the Messiah!” he exclaims. Peter hears the belief and the power in his brother’s voice and the rest is history.

Our own prejudices, fears, ignorance, mental reservations or laziness can prevent us from hearing the voice of Andrew as it is spoken to us by our own friends or family. Or we could be waiting for the perfect moment, as Marck wrote above. Often a young couple will say to me that they are waiting to have kids until the perfect moment…until they are “settled” into their lives and can afford them. And just as often I ask them how much money is enough for that perfect moment to happen? Had my wife and I waited until we had enough money or felt it was the perfect moment for having them we’d still be waiting. I can’t imagine missing all that I’ve experienced the past sixteen years by having our children in our lives.

If during this Advent and Christmas season you are feeling those knocks on the door of your heart, remember Andrew. Don’t wait for that perfect moment. Dare to answer, to say hello, and to get acquainted.

That will truly be a perfect moment.

St. John showing Christ to St. Andrew, by Ottavio Vannini

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