Almighty God, who didst give such grace unto thy holy Apostle Saint Andrew, that he readily obeyed the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him without delay; Grant unto us all, that we, being called by thy holy Word, may forthwith give up ourselves obediently to fulfill thy holy commandments; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Today, November 30, is Saint Andrew’s Day. In Andrew we have an example of immediate and unquestioning obedience. Jesus called, and Peter and Andrew dropped their nets and followed him. He was a disciple, and in turn was sent out to make disciples, baptizing and teaching in Asia. There he was martyred on an X-shaped cross, now known as St. Andrew’s cross.
The epistle reading for the day is Romans 10:9-21, and Matthew 4:18-22 is the gospel reading. I love how they fit together. Paul asks in Romans how the nations will call upon the Lord when they have never heard, how they will hear except someone goes preaching to them. The gospel reading seems to give the answer, the nations will hear the good news from those who, like Andrew, leave all to follow Christ, and following him, make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Holy Trinity and teaching them the Scriptures, being willing to suffer even unto death. How beautiful are their feet.