WEDNESDAY THE THIRTIETH OF NOVEMBER, 2016
* ANDREW *
Keep us, O Lord, from all pettiness.
Let us be large in thought, in word, and in deed.
Let us be done with fault-finding, and leave off all self-seeking.
May we put away all pretence and meet each other,
face to face, without self-pity, and without prejudice.
May we never be hasty in judgment, and always generous.
Let us take time for all things.
Make us grow calm, serene, and gentle.
Teach us to put into action our better impulses,
straight forward and unafraid.
Grant that we may realize that it is the little things of life
that create differences;
that in the big things of life we are as one.
O Lord God, let us not forget to be kind.
( Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots )
Great Saint Andrew, friend of Jesus,
lover of his glorious cross,
early by his voice effective
called from ease to pain and loss;
strong Saint Andrew, Simon’s brother,
who with haste fraternal flew,
fain with him to share the treasure
which, at Jesus’ lips, he drew.
Blest Saint Andrew, Jesus’ herald,
true apostle, martyr bold,
who, by deeds his words confirming,
sealed with blood the truth he told.
Ne’er to king was crown so beauteous,
ne’er was prize to heart so dear,
as to him the cross of Jesus
when its promised joys drew near.
Loved Saint Andrew, Scotland’s patron,
watch thy land with heedful eye,
rally round the cross of Jesus
all her storied chivalry!
To the Father, Son, and Spirit,
fount of sanctity and love,
give we glory, now and ever,
with the saints who reign above.
( Frederick Oakeley )
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Saint Andrew, “the Peter before Peter”
Today, Saint Laika’s remembers Andrew the apostle, brother of Saint Peter. Andrew, according to John’s gospel, was the one to bring his brother Simon Peter to Jesus, leading John Chrysostom to call Andrew “the Peter before Peter.” In fact John had a warm regard for Andrew. Not only did he bring his brother to Jesus, but in "John," chapter six, he was the one to bring the lad with the five barley loaves and two fish to Jesus, and in "John," chapter twelve, together with Philip, he is the one who brings the Greeks to see Jesus.
His brother Peter went on to become the leader of the Twelve, and Andrew seems to fade into the background. In the fourth century, when the Emperor Constantine moved the capitol of the empire to Constantinople, the patriarch there dedicated the patriarchate to St. Andrew. Several centuries after his death, relics of Saint Andrew were brought to Scotland to a place once known as Fife, but now known as Saint Andrews.
The western church has always kept his festival near the beginning of Advent. He makes a wonderful complement to the other great Advent saint, John the Baptist. Andrew was John’s disciple first, before he met Jesus. Perhaps Andrew started the movement of disciples away from John to Jesus, leading John to comment in "John," chapter three, “He must increase, I must decrease.”
In any case, there is much to be gained from Andrew. His desire to lead others to Jesus is a virtue we all can cultivate. Saint Laika’s Sunday podcast is partly that, a desire to introduce to Jesus, people who might not otherwise get the opportunity. And Andrew’s self-effacing humility is again something for us to remember in our own spiritual efforts: It’s not about me. May my actions point to Christ.
Scripture: In the tenth chapter of "Romans," at verses fourteen and fifteen we read:
"But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent?"
... for peace in the world.
... for the people of Scotland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine, for fishermen and singers and all who claim Saint Andrew as their patron.
... for the people of Barbados who are celebrating their Independence Day today.
... for victims of blackmail.
... for the victims of the wildfires, that have killed three people and injured fourteen,around Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
... for those who have died and for those who mourn their passing.
... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.
... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.
... for ourselves.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
A sermon of John Chrysostom on St John's gospeL:
After Andrew had stayed with Jesus and had learned much from him, he did not keep this treasure to himself, but hastened to share it with his brother.
Notice what Andrew said to him, "We have found the Messiah, that is to say, the Christ."
Notice how his words reveal what he has learned in so short a time. They show the power of the master who has convinced them of this truth. They reveal the zeal and concern of men preoccupied with this question from the very beginning. Andrew’s words reveal a soul waiting with the utmost longing for the coming of the Messiah, looking forward to his appearing from heaven, rejoicing when he does appear, and hastening to announce so great an event to others. To support one another in the things of the spirit is the true sign of good will between brothers, of loving kinship and sincere affection.
Notice, too, how, even from the beginning, Peter is docile and receptive in spirit. He hastens to Jesus without delay.
"He brought him to Jesus," says the evangelist.
But Peter must not be condemned for his readiness to accept Andrew’s word without much weighing of it. It is probable that his brother had given him, and many others, a careful account of the event; the evangelists, in the interest of brevity, regularly summarise a lengthy narrative. Saint John does not say that Peter believed immediately, but that "he brought him to Jesus" Andrew was to hand him over to Jesus, to learn everything for himself. There was also another disciple present, and he hastened with them for the same purpose.
When John the Baptist said, "This is the Lamb, and he baptises in the Spirit," he left the deeper understanding of these things to be received from Christ. All the more so would Andrew act in the same way, since he did not think himself able to give a complete explanation. He brought his brother to the very source of light, and Peter was so joyful and eager that he would not delay even for a moment.
Almighty God, who gave such grace to your apostle Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him: Give unto us, who are called by your Word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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