Today is the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, whose faithful story of following Jesus is told in the Gospel of Matthew.
“And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” (St. Matthew 4:19-20).
A poignant few lines from a hymn in honor of St. Andrew rings true on this holiday weekend:
“Jesus calls us from the worship
of the vain world’s golden store;
from each idol that would keep us,
saying, ‘Christian, love me more.'”
We Christians are not only called to worship God and follow Jesus, but we are called to give our lives over in service to the work Christ calls us all to do, each day of our lives. As you begin this holiday shopping season, think about the money you might spend on indulgent gifts for those you love, and think about the words of Jesus, which call you to turn your back on the idols that are bought in the store and instead, serve Christ by serving those who are truly in need.
“Jesus calls us! By thy mercies,
Savior, may we hear thy call,
give our hearts to thine obedience,
serve and love thee best of all.”