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Matthew 4:19 And [Jesus] said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.”
The martyrs of the ancient church died—often gruesomely—rather than renounce their faith. But the Greek word from which martyr comes doesn’t refer to death. It means to witness. Andrew died in Patras, Greece. He was tied to an x-shaped cross and died over a two-day period. Throughout his ordeal, he shared with onlookers his faith in life found in Christ.
As the baptized, we witness to the resurrection by how we live. Our compassion for others, our perseverance through hardship, and our humble pursuit of peace and justice demonstrate that a world-transforming love is at work in our lives.
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Today the Church remembers Saint Andrew the Apostle.