Pondering for Saturday, November 30, 2019

Eucharistic Readings for St. Andrew

Deuteronomy 30:11-14  Psalm 19 or 19:1-6 Romans 10:8b-18   Matthew 4:18-22 [John 1:40 – 42]

“One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed” (John 1:40 – 42)

So I cheated by adding a passage from the Gospel of John.  Matthew only mentions Andrew as one of the twelve.  I wanted more information on Andrew to be shown.  Gospel versions don’t compete with each other, they are all correct, just seen from different perspectives.  We need them all and with prayer, we might, with God’s help, come to some deeper understanding.

As a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, I am proud to say that we are a gathering of men trying to bring men to Christ as did our namesake, Andrew. We are committed to Prayer, Study and Service.  I hope as we bring men to Christ their lives are changed for the better and for the Gospel of Christ. I now yield to James Kiefer:

“Most references to Andrew in the New Testament simply include him on a list of the Twelve Apostles, or group him with his brother, Simon Peter. But he appears acting as an individual three times in the Gospel of John. When a number of Greeks (perhaps simply Greek-speaking Jews) wish to speak with Jesus, they approach Philip, who tells Andrew, and the two of them tell Jesus (Jn 12:20-22). (It may be relevant here that both “Philip” and “Andrew” are Greek names.) Before Jesus feeds the Five Thousand, it is Andrew who says, “Here is a lad with five barley loaves and two fish.” (Jn 6:8f) And the first two disciples whom John reports as attaching themselves to Jesus (Jn 1:35-42) are Andrew and another disciple (whom John does not name, but who is commonly supposed to be John himself — John never mentions himself by name, a widespread literary convention). Having met Jesus, Andrew then finds his brother Simon and brings him to Jesus. Thus, on each occasion when he is mentioned as an individual, it is because he is instrumental in bringing others to meet the Saviour. In the Episcopal Church, the Fellowship of Saint Andrew is devoted to encouraging personal evangelism, and the bringing of one’s friends and colleagues to a knowledge of the Gospel of Christ.” (JamesKiefer@http://www.satucket.com/lectionary/Andrew.htm)

We are trying to make a positive Christian difference in the world.  Every Saturday we Brothers Andrew say this prayer, “Almighty God, who gave such grace to your apostle Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him: Give us, who are called by your holy Word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.”  (BCP p. 237)

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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