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APOSTLE ANDREW


APOSTLE ANDREW

Evangelists list Andrew immediately after Peter because he was the brother of Simon Peter and the first disciple of Jesus. Andrew was the son of Jonas and a disciple of John the Baptist. He was one among the two who heard John the Baptist introducing Jesus, saying, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” (Jn 1:35-37). He was the first to follow Jesus and was enthusiastic about introducing Jesus to his brother Simon Peter (Jn 1:40-42). Unlike his brother Simon, Andrew was not outspoken. However, he was enthusiastic about preaching the gospel. He was with Peter, James, and John when they had a private discussion with Jesus at the Mount of Olives on the destruction of Jerusalem (Mk 13:3).

He preached in Asia Minor (Turkey), Scythia, east of Turkey, Greece, and Macedonia. He faced the martyrdom of crucifixion with boldness and courage. According to tradition, the enemies crucified him in the town of Patra in Greece in 61 A.D. by Governor Aepeas. At the time of his crucifixion, Andrew begged his cross to differ from his master’s because of his unworthiness to use the same type of cross. So, his was an X-shaped cross which is now known as St. Andrew’s cross. While on the cross for two days, he preached from there. Two-crossed fish is also used as a symbol of Andrew because he was a fisherman before becoming an apostle of Jesus and was crucified on an X-shaped cross.

FEATURES OF ANDREW

– Andrew was a follower of John the Baptist before he started following Jesus.
– Andrew, the first person to follow Jesus Christ, was also the first to realize His identity as the Messiah.
– Understanding this, he promptly invited his brother, Peter, to meet Jesus.
– Bringing people to Christ was a defining aspect of Andrew’s character, and he continued to display this trait in his ministry.
– Andrew, along with Philip, took the initiative to facilitate a meeting for a group of Greeks who desired to see Jesus, showcasing his eagerness to connect others with Christ (Jn 12:20-22).
– Andrew’s belief in Jesus’ capacity to turn meager resources into extraordinary wonders was evident as he brought forward a boy carrying five loaves and two fishes (Jn 6:8-9).
– Meeting Jesus made him realize that Jesus was the Messiah foretold by prophets.
– Andrew suffered martyrdom in Greece. He chose to be crucified on an X-shaped cross, feeling undeserving of the same crucifixion as Jesus.

REFLECTION

Andrew’s prompt reaction to follow Jesus once he realized He was the Messiah inspires Christians to be quick in responding to God’s call. It underscores the value of being spiritually attentive and having a desire to develop a relationship with Jesus.

Andrew’s distinct quality was his eagerness to introduce others to Jesus. Andrew shared the news of Jesus with others. He actively passed it on to those who were nearest and dearest to him. It is our responsibility to share the message of Christ through our words and actions.

Andrew’s willingness to give up everything for Jesus motivates us to focus on our relationship with Him.

Andrew’s involvement in the feeding of the 5,000 teaches us to offer whatever we have, no matter how little, for God’s work. It reinforces the belief that God can magnify our modest offerings to achieve exceptional outcomes. Let’s be considerate of others’ needs and lead them to Christ, who provides true fulfillment.

Andrew’s example of bringing the Greeks to Jesus shows the value of being open to all and taking the initiative to help them find Him. It promotes inclusivity and encourages active participation in evangelism.

Andrew’s transformation from a fisherman to an apostle is a powerful testament to the life-changing power of faith.

Andrew’s dedication to spreading the gospel is evident through his extensive missionary efforts. Christians are reminded to follow Andrew’s example and spread the good news of Jesus Christ both locally and globally.

The cost of discipleship is vividly illustrated through Andrew’s martyrdom. His determination to endure and give up his life for his faith serves as a reminder to Christians to stay firm and brave in their dedication to Christ, even when confronted with persecution.

 


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