June 23, 2019
Matthew 4:18-20 - As [Jesus] walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Immediately they left their nets and followed him. (RSV)
Some may wonder: Peter and Andrew scarcely had any possessions. Just how much did they leave behind when the Lord called them to follow him? On this point we should look at their actions rather then at the level of their wealth. A man who has little and gives up everything to follow the Lord leaves behind a lot. Peter and Andrew left behind a lot. Yes, they left behind their meager material possessions (and for them that was a lot). But they also left behind something more – the very desire to own (which can lead to extreme greed, which is called covetousness).
What will you leave behind to follow Christ? Are you attached to Christ or your stuff? Choose one.
(Adapted from St. Gregory the Great: Forty Gospel Homilies)
The Apostles Fast began after Vespers last Sunday (All Saints) and continues until June 29, the Feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
The icon is of the Nativity of St. John the Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist (June 24th).