Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle. He, like all but one other of the Apostles, gave his life for a simple, yet profound message: “Jesus is Lord!” In the first reading from today’s Mass St. Paul says to the Romans, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” He goes on to say, “But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent?” (Romans 10:9-18, from usscb.org).
The simple truth that Jesus is Lord has massive ramifications! At the time St. Paul wrote these words, the only “lord” in the Roman Empire was Caesar. And for the Jewish people, to say that anyone other than God in heaven is lord is heresy. To say that Jesus is Lord turned everything upside down- both politically and religiously.
Now, no one will know that message and have a chance to believe that simple truth unless someone preaches it. St. Andrew preached it. The Apostles preached it. St. Andrew died for it. That is how important the message was and is and we still need people to preach it today.
If you have never made that prayer before, today is the day! Say it out loud! Say it with confidence: Jesus, you are Lord of all creation and you are Lord of my life! But be careful, because it might have massive ramifications for your life.