November 2017 - St. Andrew

Photo: Janis Olson, St. Andrew, Sumner Photo: Janis Olson, St. Andrew, Sumner

St. Andrew

Jesus’ first apostle followed him to martyrdom

First century
Feast: November 30

According to the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, Jesus saw Andrew and his brother Simon Peter casting their fishing nets in the Sea of Galilee and said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” John’s Gospel says Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist who followed Jesus when he heard John call him “the Lamb of God.” After spending the day with Jesus, Andrew told his brother, “We have found the Messiah.” According to tradition, St. Andrew was crucified in Greece on an X-shaped cross, which is now his distinctive symbol and the symbol of Scotland, of which he is the patron. Some of St. Andrew’s remains were brought to Scotland in the fourth century; other parts of his skeleton lie in the crypt of the cathedral in Amalfi, Italy, where they produce a clear, water-like substance called “manna.” 

-Catholic News Agency

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Northwest Catholic - November 2017