Feast of Saint Andrew, apostle
(Romans 10:9-18; Matthew 4:18-22)
Unlike other teachers of his time Jesus called a group of disciples to him. Other teachers waited for men to come and study Torah with them, but Jesus is pro-active. As we hear in the first reading and see in the gospel, Jesus searches out followers. Peter and Andrew are the first of many disciples from whom Jesus will select twelve for a special mission.
Jesus is responding to the call of God to inaugurate the kingdom in the world. It is to be a rule of justice where goodness is blessed and evil rooted out. The new order takes effect as Jesus heals the sick, casts out evil demons, and preaches the will of God. Andrew, Peter, and the other apostles will assume these ministries when Jesus leaves. They will receive the Holy Spirit to spread God’s kingdom of justice and love throughout the world.
We may not have been called to be apostles, but all of us are Jesus’ disciples. We study the Christian Torah, actually the whole Bible, with emphasis on Jesus in the gospels. We are also sent out to the world to give witness to God’s kingdom. By living righteously, by praying continuously, and by treating others with love, we fortify the kingdom’s foundations.