Friday, November 30, 2007

The Love of St. Andrew

A reflection on the Apostle, St. Andrew, made by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB, on the feast of St. Andrew.

There is much to be said about each of the Apostles. But what I love about Andrew is what is said in today's communion antiphon-- that he brought Peter to Christ. Andrew doesn't complain to Jesus saying, "You love him more." You just don't hear that. And I know there are times in each of our lives where we have to step back and ask, "Why did I come?" As St. Benedict quotes, "Friend, why have you come?"

Maybe Andrew, after the Last Supper when all the disciples fled (including him), remembered those words, "We have found the Messiah!" (Jn 1:41) and they gave him the courage to go back. And for us too, we all have times when we're full of fervor, and then there are the times when we dig around in the dirt to find the ashes. During those times we too must return to our beginnings and remember, "Oh yes-- that was the wonder!" We have to remember Andrew's, "We have found the Messiah." And we follow Him.

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