Romans 10: 9-18; Matthew 4:18-22
St. Andrew with St. Thomas by Lorenzo Bernini
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 John 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!
By Donagh O’Shea