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December 17, 2017
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Advent

The twofold character of Advent calls us to prepare for the remembering of the Word made Flesh at Christmas, and directs us to wait with alertness for Jesus’ second coming.

Saint of the Week

First Sunday of Advent

Andrew, Apostle

Andrew, a native of Bethsaida, was a fisherman like his father, John, and his brother, Simon. When John the Baptist began preaching penance, Andrew became his disciple. One day, Jesus passed by while John was preaching and John said, "Behold the lamb of God." Andrew immediately grasped John's meaning and went off after Jesus, staying with him for several hours. He later introduced Jesus to Simon Peter, and the rest, as they say, is history.

A feast honors this Apostle on November 30.

Hearing Jesus’ words convinced Andrew that the Messiah had come at last. While we can’t hear Jesus’ words directly, our faith in Jesus as the Messiah grows as we study the Word of God in Scripture.