Have you ever ever felt such as you had been the odd one out? Such as you had been left to dwell within the shadows despite the fact that the highlight might have simply been yours?
I believe we are able to all relate to such a sense. Maybe, it was one thing at work that you must have acquired extra credit score for or it was recognition that ought to have been yours in your loved ones for one thing that you just did. Just like every part else in our religion, we now have concrete realities and people who we are able to look to in occasions of disappointment or discouragement.
Enter, St. Andrew.
In the present day’s feast provides reference to one of many first followers of Jesus. St. John’s Gospel accounts for the truth that Andrew was previously a follower of John the Baptist. Sooner or later, Jesus walked by John the Baptist, Andrew and certainly one of John’s different disciples. As Christ walked by John the Baptist proclaimed: “Behold, the Lamb of God” (John 1:36).
Instantly, Andrew and the opposite follower of John stood up and adopted Jesus on the street. We then rapidly hear that Andrew went and located his brother, Simon, and stated to him, “We’ve discovered the Messiah” (John 1:41). Andrew introduced his brother to Christ and Jesus modified his identify to Peter.
Andrew immediately believes within the phrases of John the Baptist and within the sight of Christ earlier than him. He is aware of, straight away, that that is the Chosen One, and he follows him. With out the braveness and religion of Andrew, Peter wouldn’t have been the primary pope. Jesus singles him out because the chief despite the fact that Andrew adopted him first.
Much more so, the interior circle of Jesus for a number of miracles and key moments throughout his ministry consists of Peter, James and John. When Jesus raises Jairus’ daughter from the lifeless, these are the one three invited into the home with him (Mark 5:37). When Jesus climbs the mountain on the Transfiguration, these are the one apostles with him as properly (Matthew 17:1). Lastly, within the Backyard of Gethsemane he solely takes Peter, James and John (Matthew 26:37).
Andrew was, in some methods, unnoticed despite the fact that he introduced Peter to Jesus. And but, we by no means hear bickering from St. Andrew. He’s alright out of the highlight.
I can see the character of Andrew in a number of individuals in my life. Dad and mom that I do know who’re heroes to their youngsters, however by no means take the credit score. Colleagues at work who’re all the time prepared to sacrifice for others and never fear about receiving credit score. St. Andrew was radically altered by the encounter he had with Jesus and that made him understand that everybody has an necessary position to play on Jesus’ crew.
That comes with trusting that we’re infinitely valued by our God. any emotions of disappointment in our lives doesn’t come from him not accepting us. It comes from our incapacity to see ourselves as Christ sees us.
The way in which of St. Andrew is the best way of humility and abandonment. It comes with understanding that after we got down to accomplish what God has requested of us, we don’t want to fret concerning the accolades. The one factor that mattered for Andrew was being with Christ.
On his feast day, allow us to be fascinated with following Jesus and be much less involved with the highlight. Doing so will allow us to change into the saints that God is looking us to be.
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