“For, ‘everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.’ But how are men to call upon him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:13-14)
How many of us would leave everything behind to follow Jesus like Andrew, Simon, and the two sons of Zebedee? How many of us are willing to sacrifice our time, our intelligence, our money, our resources, our connections, etc. for the sake of God’s kingdom?
Today’s Gospel passage comes from Matthew. In John’s account, we are told that Andrew was the first person to be called by Jesus and he was the one who went to tell his brother Peter about Jesus.
Andrew would later introduce to Jesus a young lad who had five loaves and two fishes which Jesus blessed, broke, and shared for more than five thousand persons. Andrew was fond of introducing people to Jesus. (John 6:8-11). This characteristic of Andrew is what I call basic evangelization.
Just as Andrew introduced Peter to Jesus, the Feast of St. Andrew introduces the Church to the season of Advent. St. Paul in today’s first reading says: “How beautiful are the feet of one who brings Good News.”
Indeed, how beautiful were the feet of Andrew when he ran immediately to tell Simon Peter: “We have found the Messiah.” How beautiful are the feet of St. Andrew today as he announces to the Church: “Advent is here! Prepare your hearts for Jesus!” Indeed, how beautiful are your feet, hands, lips, etc. when you talk to people about Jesus!
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, use me like Andrew to bring people to you. Amen.
Bible Study: Romans 10:9-18, Ps. 19:2-5, Matthew 4:18-22).