Gospel: Mt 4:18-22
As Jesus walked by the lake of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come, follow me; and I will make you fish for people.”
At once they left their nets and followed him.
He went on from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, in a boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. Jesus called them.
At once, they left the boat, and their father, and followed him.
We are remembering today Andrew, one of the twelve apostles, therefore a man personally chosen by Jesus to be with him all the time during his public ministry.
We know very little about Andrew, apart from the fact that he was Peter’s brother, that he was from Bethsaida, a town on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee, and that, for reasons unknown, he was not chosen by Jesus to be part of his inner circle (composed of Peter and the two brothers, James and John).
But the little we know about Andrew is revealing. First of all, before following Jesus he was a disciple of John the Baptist (Jn 1:40), which shows that he was already a religious man.
Second, and more importantly, on three different occasions we see Andrew acting as a go-between, as an intermediary between Jesus and other people. Thus we see him introduce his brother Peter to Jesus (Jn 1:41-42), calling Jesus’ attention to the boy with five loaves and two fish (Jn 6:8-9), and telling Jesus that a group of Greeks want to see him (Jn 12:20-22).
In this respect the unremarkable Andrew is a model whom we can easily follow. Like him, we are not as flashy as Peter, James and John, but we can always introduce people to Jesus…