Testimony of the First Disciples

“Come and you’ll see.” Jesus uses the same words to call all his disciples. It is Christ who calls and it is up to man to answer. None of the disciples are alike. They come from all walks of life and all have different personalities and talents. Jesus chooses his disciples from among sinners, even the most hardened. Christ looks beyond sin. He sees the potential of the person and raises him to the highest level by inviting him to be his disciple. He could have chosen men who were more holy or smarter. He read in their hearts and he saw their generous spirit eager to know and live the truth.

“And they stayed with him”. The decision made freely to follow Christ is the great-est moment in the life of the disciple. The Christian who understands his purpose in life knows that true happiness is found by saying ‘yes’ to Christ. Yet it is never easy, because Christ asks for unconditional commitment and this implies three virtues:
Faith: total faith in Christ even when we do not understand everything.
Humility: to know that without Christ we can do nothing.
Sacrifice: to detach our heart from the world to love Christ without reserve.

January 2021 Feasts

Day 18: – Saint Kirillus (Cyril), Patriarch of Alexandria (Egypt)
– Memorial of the establishment of the chair of Saint Peter.
Day 19: Saint Macarius of Alexandria
Day 20: Saint Aphtimos the Great
Day 21: Saint Sebastian
Day 22: – Saint Timothy, disciple of Saint Paul the Apostle
– Saint Anastasias, a martyr.
Day 23: Saint Sergius the first, a pope.
Day 24: Saint Francis of Sales
Day 25: Memorial of the conversion of Saint Paul & his baptism
Day 26: Saint Agnes, a virgin
Day 27: Saint Paula, the widow