30 November [St Andrew, apostle]
Mt 4:18-22

As Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

In the first three gospels Andrew is not mentioned except in lists of the Twelve.  But in John’s gospel he appears three times, and in each case he is introducing other people to Jesus!  First of all, his brother, Simon Peter.  Then in John 6:8 he is bringing forward a boy with five loves and two fish.  And in Jn 12:20-22 he is bringing some Greeks to Jesus.  Meanwhile he himself managed to remain almost invisible. 

In John’s gospel, Jesus first called this same Andrew, and Andrew introduced his brother Simon (Peter) to Jesus (1:40).  Yet it was Peter, not Andrew, who came to be in the inner circle, “Peter, James and John.”  Andrew is regularly described as “the brother of Simon Peter” (Matthew 10:2; Lk 6:14).  Yet nowhere does he show any resentment about this. 

It is rare enough to find people who are willing to be invisible, or to take the second place.  How good it would be if the only thing that people could remember about you is that you brought people to Jesus!


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This page gives a very brief commentary by Donagh O’Shea on the gospel reading for each day of the month. 


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