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Sincere Discipleship: Breakfast with the Word. The Feast of Saint Andrew

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Breakfast With the Word Feast of Saint Andrew The Apostle

 

Matthew 4:18-22

 

The gospel of today’s feast, the Feast of Saint Andrew  teaches the true meaning of Sincere discipleship.

 

Sincere discipleship is literally when we follow someone without pretence or deceit. It is also when we truly follow someone or serve Him without having anything at the back of our minds. This is when we are truly Christians.

 

This discipleship is the one that truly comes from the heart and occupies our whole being both in spirit, mind, body and soul. In the call of Saint Andrew and other apostles, we learn what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus.

 

Sincere discipleship admits no weakness, fake Christianity, inordinate desires, hypocrisy, play-acting but sincere and earnest desire to be like Jesus.

 

It is not when we go to church to shout Amen but our hearts are very far away from God. Sincere discipleship comes from the heart that is truly hungry for the Lord.

 

When we look at what happens today in the gospel we can actually glean from the encounter what it means to be a true follower of the Lord.

 

In the Gospel

 

In the gospel of today, we see how Jesus calls Peter and Andrew His brother as they were casting their nets inside the sea. They left their nets and followed Him.

 

He also calls James and John who are with their father Zebedee when they are already mending their nets.

They also left the boats and their Father and followed Him. This kind of response is unthinkable but the response of these two groups of the apostles actually reveals what it truly means to be a disciple of Jesus.

 

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To Be Sincere Disciple. The Feast of Saint Andrew

 

Today we claim to be disciples of Jesus but when we critically analyse the cost of discipleship and what it truly means to be a sincere disciple of Jesus, we will come to terms that we are very far away from God. From the gospel, there are glaring instances of what sincere discipleship means.

 

1. In the apostles we see people who are willing to be followers of Jesus. Immediately Jesus calls them, they give in immediately. There is no excuse and no sign of weakness. No one even asks each other, who is this person we are following. They responded like people who are ready, willing, and prepared.

 

The gist here is that immediately they heard the voice of the Master, there was prompt obedience. How many times have we continually heard the voice of God through the reading of the word, inspiration, homilies, sermon etc? But we relegate them.

 

We treat the word of God as if it is nothing with the mentality of “is it today we have been hearing the word of God”, “must we sermonize everything”, “etc. The Feast of Saint Andrew teaches us that to be a sincere disciple is to be willing to listen to His voice, then serve and obey Jesus in everything we do.

 

2.Sincere discipleship is also the readiness to face or encounter anything for the fact it involves God. This is when we are not afraid of whatever we are going to face along the journey.

 

We are expecting the apostles today to ask Jesus where they are going. No one questions what they are actually going to benefit from this encounter. They just followed Him.

 

Sincere discipleship is when the love of being a disciple conquers whatever we may face in life. We remain His loving follower despite the problems, challenges and conditions we find ourselves. This is not when we follow Jesus only because of what we are going to gain. Sometimes when many pray and they do not see the results, they abandon their faith and lose hope in God. The Feast of Saint Andrew teaches us that sincere discipleship goes more than this. Our relationship with the Lord is not conditional.

 

3. When Jesus calls the apostles, they leave everything. They sacrifice their source of living. Peter and Andrew are already making a cast into the sea. They did not tell Jesus to allow them to finish what they are doing. Andrew and his brother didn’t tell Jesus that they are extremely busy. They left the fish, the net, the boat and followed Jesus.

What is keeping us busy that we have refused to pray for one year, month, day etc? What is actually taking the time we are supposed to give to the Lord? When we are true disciples of the Lord, we will make efforts to allow nothing to stand in between.

 

James and John are already mending their boats. Invariably they are working. But they left their boat, their father and everything to follow Jesus.

What can we sacrifice? What is that thing that takes the first place in our lives? Sincere discipleship demands our total commitment and sacrifice. Can we sacrifice our selfish desires? Can we sacrifice that aspiration just for the sake of the Lord?

 

Today we seem to seek our desires more than we seek what God wants. The Feast of Saint Andrew teaches us that being His disciple is to make sure that what God wants us to do takes the prime position in everything we do.

 

 

4. Finally, sincere discipleship involves true and honest disposition to the things of God. This is not when we fake our realtionship to God. It is not when we pretend to be close to God but deep inside our hearts we know that we are not.

 

Saint Andrew is known for His honest and sincere life. When the apostles were deliberating on how Jesus can feed the crowd, He was the one who pointed to the small boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish (John 6:8).

 

Also, Immediately John acknowledges Jesus as the lamb of God , Andrew left John immediately to follow Jesus (John 1:40). The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah”  (John 1:41). He is always plain and simple.

 

Therefore, He teaches us to be honest and plain. Like St. Andrew let us not live a life of deception. When we live a fake life, we mislead ourselves.

 

May God give us the grace to be sincere disciples of Jesus. May He continue to guide us and be with us in all we do. Amen

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55 Comments
  1. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    Amen and Amen

    1. Regina Mobu says

      Amen! Lord help me to be a sincere disciple of Jesus.

  2. Ogechi Anugwom says

    May we always follow the footsteps of Jesus all the days of our lives in Jesus name, Amen

  3. Nonye Maduka says

    Amen. Thank you fr

  4. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says

    Amen

    1. Inya Joseph says

      God grant us the grace to follow you unconditionally!

  5. Emilia Arinze says

    Ever merciful Jesus please help us not to be the hearers of the word only without implementing it . Let’s do the best that will give God the glory in Jesus name Amen

  6. Eze Ezinne promise says

    Amen

  7. Anthony Elijah says

    Amen. Thank you Fr.

    1. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says

      We pray for God’s grace to follow Him at all times…. Amen

      1. Munachimso onuoha says

        Amen
        God grant me the grace to know what you want me to do

  8. OJIOGBU JACINTA says

    Amen

  9. Omanukwue Adaora says

    Without your grace, I cannot be your good disciple lord. Make me to be your true follower lord. Amen

  10. Okereke Festus says

    Thank you God. I pray for the Grace of sincere discipleship

  11. Kubiat says

    When we live a fake life, we mislead others and ourselves. This got me thinking deep into my relating with people already. May God increase you all round. Amen

  12. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. Lord, may your will be done in my life and may you give me the grace to follow you regardless of the circumstances surrounding me.

  13. Blessing Chilo says

    May we be your worthy disciples in good times and in bad through christ our Lord Amen

    1. Duru Prisca Uchechi says

      Ur write ups brings back my joy in worshiping God, God bless you Fr for this revival

  14. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen. Thanks father

  15. Mercy E Johnny says

    Thank you Jesus for ur word today, Lord give me the grace to be a sincere disciple. Amen, St Andrew,pray for us.

  16. Charlesmary Okonkwo says

    May the Good Lord bless his words in every souls that reads these! Amen!!!

  17. ANGELA MADU says

    Amen and Amen
    Oh God almighty, help us so that we can live a plain and truthful life like St Andrew through Christ our Lord. Amen

  18. Ozioko Evangeline Nneka says

    Amen to all the prayers .thank u my jesus .I pray for more of your help in my life

  19. Ijeoma Ugorji says

    True discipleship calls for total commitment to the will of God and service to humanity. It requires sincere and true devotion to the things of God.
    We pray for the grace to serve God in truth and in spirit. Amen.

  20. Ozioko Evangeline Nneka says

    Amen to all the prayers.thank you my jesus. I pray for more of your help in my life .

  21. Blessing Iortsugh says

    Amen and Amen, thank you fr. More grace.

  22. Njideka Aniagolu says

    May we always strive to be real followers of Christ with a sincere heart, Amen.
    Remain blessed with wisdom from above father.

  23. Ogbonna kyrian says

    Amen

  24. Mailoushi James says

    Amen! God help us to be true disciples no matter what it may cost us to the glory of your name, Amen

  25. Agbai ujunwa felicity says

    May God give us the grace to put him first in everything we do and also to be good and sincere disciples not just when things are rosy but in all condition we find ourselves through Christ our Lord… Amen

  26. Adichie Lilian Chizoba says

    Amen

  27. Lazarus Okoroafor Andrew says

    I pray may God give us the grace of being a sincere, honest and true followers of Christ. Amen.

  28. Mrs Nora Nkoli Anabiri says

    Amennnnnnn. Oh my God I pray that nothing will ever take Your place in my life, I pray for increase in my prayer life, I pray that You will always be First in my life and the lives of my children, siblings and family in Jesus mighty name Amen

  29. Mrs Nora Nkoli Anabiri says

    Amennnnnnn. Oh my God I pray that nothing will ever take Your place in my life, I pray for increase in my prayer life, I pray that You will always be First in my life and the lives of my children, siblings and family in Jesus mighty name Amen

  30. Onyema Maryann Anurika says

    Amen

  31. Nwaka Chiamaka Favor says

    Amen
    Thanks so much Padre for this food of the soul, indeed I’m inspired and motivated with this word. And I pray that God will give me the grace to always be at alert and ready to follow him when he calls upon me . Amen

  32. Golu Chetachukwu Angela says

    Amen. Thanks so much, Padre, for this sumptuous food of the soul. God bless you, richly in his grace.
    I pray that this word, would illumine our hearts’.. Just like St Andrew, we’ll faithfully honor and serve God in truth and in spirit, without any reservations. And may God be the priority in all our undertakings. Thank you Jesus, for this word🙏

  33. Chibuzor says

    Lord may ur words abide in me

  34. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen, may he grant us the grace to be true disciples through the intercession of the apostle St. Andrew

  35. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre

  36. Mbama Christiana says

    Thank you Padre for this message. May the Lord help me to practice what I preach and also make my life a reading bible for others. Amen

  37. Peter Anthony Dodoh says

    Amen

  38. Prisca says

    Amen, so help me God

  39. Ifeoma Chikelu says

    God help us to be sincere and totally submit ourselves to your will.

  40. Joy says

    Amen, thank you Fr.

  41. Helen says

    Amen! Thank you Padre 🙏🙏🙏🙏 God bless you.

  42. Onyiam Ogechi says

    May we be through disciples of Jesus Christ we pray oh Lord 🙏 🙏🙏

  43. Nwokedike Chinenye says

    Amen.

    Dearest Lord, help me to practice true discipleship at all times in life.

  44. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr.

  45. Obika Chidimma says

    Amen, thanks Fr.
    Jesus, i need Your grace to be a sincere disciple.

  46. Obika Chidimma hi says

    Amen, thanks Fr.
    Jesus, i need Your grace to be a sincere disciple.

  47. Okeke Chioma Agatha says

    Amen

  48. Christian says

    Amen

  49. Dr Chinwe Agwoile says

    This is really an eye opener, Padre Mia. Sometimes I feel complacent about things of God; I relegate my duty as a child of God entrusted with a mission. I pray, through the pious intercession of Glorious Archangel Michael, for God’s special grace to be up and doing in working for God and never to backslide in living out my Christian life of dedication, through Jesus Christ I pray. Thanks dear and remain ever blessed, fulfilled and happy!

  50. Paxk says

    Your grace is all I ask Lord, to promptly respond to your call, and so, be one of your true disciples. Amen 🙏

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