Today the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of St. Andrew, the Apostle.
Andrew is not a figure that appears very frequently in the Gospels and we don’t learn very many things about him, other than that he was one of the Twelve.
St. John’s Gospel presents him as one of the disciples of John – one of those who to whom John said (speaking of Jesus), “Behold, the Lamb of God,” in response to which Andrew and his companion followed Jesus. When they ask Jesus where he is staying, he says “Come,” and they do.
In today’s Gospel from St. Matthew, we are told that as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he came upon Andrew and his brother, Simon Peter. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” And we then hear that “at once they left their nets and followed him.”
We don’t learn many things about Andrew, but we learn perhaps all we need to know from both John and Matthew: He accepted the invitation to follow Jesus. He was invited by Jesus to proclaim the Gospel and he did. Legend has it that Andres preached the Gospel in what is now modern Greece and Turkey and that he was crucified at Patras.
Today I pray for the grace to follow Jesus as Andrew did.