Today’s Advent reflection for the 2nd Tuesday of Advent, 2016
[Throughout the 2016 Advent season, we will be bringing you guest posts from a variety of writers. Our hope is that each of these will be a meaningful way for you to slow down, pray well, and prepare for the coming of our Lord. Today’s guest blogger is Fr. Colin Mulhall, reflecting on the Mass readings for November 30, the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle.]
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Apostle St. Andrew, the “first-called” of the Apostles. He is so named because in the Gospel of John, he is the first of the Apostles to follow Jesus. Andrew is the one who introduces Peter to Jesus in the Gospel of John.
It might be said that it’s because of a bit of fraternal nagging that Peter met Jesus and eventually became the Prince of the Apostles. It is fitting that we celebrate his feast during Advent, a time of preparation for the coming of Christ. Here was a man who was eagerly awaiting the coming of the Messiah, and was most likely a follower of John the Baptist. When John pointed out Christ, the Lamb of God, Andrew was probably filled with curiosity, and followed Jesus, eventually being invited to “come and see” where He was staying.
The attitude of Andrew, that hopeful expectation of the coming of Christ, is the attitude we are all called to emulate this Advent season. We are invited to commemorate the coming of the Christ Child, and to prepare ourselves for the triumphant return of Christ in glory. St. Andrew reminds us Christians that our fundamental attitude is one of preparation and eager anticipation. We are in a constant of state of tension, an eschatological tension, awaiting the definitive victory of Christ, which has been accomplished in the Paschal Mystery of His suffering, death, Resurrection and Ascension, but has yet to be fully realized. St. Andrew teaches us what it looks like to wait with the certainty of a hope based in the sure promises of God in Christ Jesus.
Take the opportunity this Advent season to welcome Christ into your life in a new way, letting St. Andrew and all the Saints lead us all into deeper relationship with the Lord.
Fr. Colin Mulhall is associate pastor at St. Robert of Newminster Parish in Ada, MI.