Published November 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

reflectionstodayAndrew is one of the first four to be called by the Lord; he is the brother of Simon Peter. Like Simon, he is a fisherman. The Gospel of John indicates that he was first a disciple of John the Baptist (cf Jn 1:35-51). After John the Baptist introduced him and another disciple to Jesus, Andrew left the Baptist and followed Jesus. Hence, he is called the Protokaletos, the first to be called.

The Gospel recounts the call of the first disciples according to the Synoptic tradition. Jesus calls two sets of brothers: Peter and Andrew, and James and John. Their prompt reply to Jesus’ invitation or command is presented as a model for all those who would follow Jesus as his disciples.

Andrew shows himself a silent disciple, when compared to his brother Simon Peter, but a determined one. He has his own way of relating with Jesus. He asks the Master privately about the destruction of the Temple (cf Mk 13:3-4). While Philip initially talks with the Greeks who want to meet Jesus, it is with Andrew that Philip finally approaches Jesus to let him know about these men (cf Jn 12:20-22). In the story of the multiplication of the bread, Andrew speaks to Jesus about the boy who has five barley loaves and two fish (cf Jn 6:1-10).

Gospel • Mt 4:18-22

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.