“And at once, leaving their nets they followed him.”
We celebrate St Andrew today and notice how he and Peter, James and John readily left behind their boats, nets and the familiarity of their lives to follow Jesus.
Individually or collectively, it comes in various ways at different times: this call upon our lives to follow, to leave behind, to be, to become. Often the path is unknown, the road map non-existent and the future unclear. The choice to follow is made as a step of faith. We soon learn though that the one who calls remains faithful. In this season of Advent what is the call on your personal life?
Collectively today, the universal Church is called to take the synodal path, following in the footsteps of Jesus, with listening and compassionate hearts, and the Holy Spirit as guide. The success of this moving forward together will depend on how willing we are to leave behind our entangling nets and the comfort of our boats, boats of elitism and exclusivity, and nets of small-mindedness and prejudice.
Holy Spirit be with us.