Tuesday, December 1, 2015
ST ANDREW THE APOSTLE - FEASTDAY 30TH NOVEMBER
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was a fisherman. He was a disciple of the St John the Baptist but when John pointed to Jesus and said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” Andrew left John to follow the Divine Master. Jesus knew that Andrew was walking behind him and turning back, he asked, “what do you seek?” When Andrew answered that he would like to know where Jesus lived, Our Lord replied, “Come and see.” Andrew had been only a little time with Jesus when he realized that this was truly the Messiah. Andrew was thus the first disciple of Christ. Andrew brought his brother Simon (St. Peter) to Jesus. At first the two brothers continued to carry on their fishing trade but jesus promised to make them fishers of men so they left their nets for good. It is believed that after the Ascension, St. Andrew went to Greece to preach the gospel. He is said to have been put to death on a cross, to which he was tied, not nailed. He lived two days in that state of suffering, still preaching to the people to his beloved followers.