St. Andrew was the first Apostle to follow Jesus. Andrew was the brother of Peter, known as the Prince of the Apostles, on whom Jesus would build his Church. But, it was Andrew who first notice Jesus, who was the first to follow Him as Jesus walked through Galilee, was the first disciple to be baptized by John the Baptist, and it was Andrew who was the first to introduce Peter to Jesus after nagging his brother and insisting Jesus was the Messiah.
Like the Wise Men at Jesus’ birth, Andrew was eagerly awaiting something new, something important, something life-changing. He was filled with curiosity as he walked behind Jesus, and after a while, Jesus insisted Andrew come to where He was staying and to learn more.
It is the curiosity, the eager anticipation, the belief there is something bigger, more important for us to know and understand which is imbedded in Andrew’s attitude. It is a hopeful expectation of the coming Christ. It is an attitude we, as Christians, must emulate during our Advent Season. During this season, we are invited to celebrate the coming of a holy child and are compelled to prepare ourselves for Christ’s triumphant return.
St. Andrew teaches us what it looks like to wait with certainty of a hope based in the promises of God!
Let us welcome the coming of our Lord. Let Him into our lives in new ways. Let our curiosity and faith lead us to something bigger, more important, more humanistic and more life-changing in ways that not only bring hope to our individual selves but to our community.