…Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.
Fr. Greg and Mo. Jenna are writing their way through the church year! We hope you’ll join us in these rhythms of prayer and celebration. For each major feast and observance on the liturgical calendar (and some seasonally, as well) we offer a devotional based on the office readings. At the end of each you’ll find the Collect for the Day appointed in the Book of Common Prayer; we invite you to pray along with us and with the Church.
The Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle
December 1 (transferred)
Psalm 34; Isaiah 49:1-6; 1 Corinthians 4:1-16
St. Andrew is celebrated in this country primarily as the patron saint of Scotland, particularly by groups (like ours) that have roots in Scotland. But it’s strange that, in the history of the church, he is known for relatively small acts that had big effects. We have little evidence of whether Andrew was a mover and shaker in the early churches, or if he was a quiet, non-charismatic person.
My favorite is that he is the one who brings the boy with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish to Jesus. It’s a pretty unheroic act. He noticed there was a little bit of food, and mentions it to Jesus. Yet Jesus takes that little bit of food and performs a miracle that we still talk about today.
I’ll tell you what I think about Andrew. I think after that day, he was always known as the guy that brought the boy to Jesus. I’ll bet he sometimes got tired of being known for that one thing he did several years ago. But I’ll also bet I know why it stuck. I’ll bet it was because that one simple act was indicative of who he was.
There are people like that at Holy Trinity, and elsewhere in our lives. People who toil away doing countless little acts of kindness and integrity and mercy, that are not known as giants of the faith. But then some little moment happens that seems to be a perfect sign of who he is, of what she’s about. “He’s the guy that always gave me a hug when he saw me.” “She’s the one who paid that gas bill for me when I lost my job.” And ignoring all the other wonderful acts of faithfulness, that one moment becomes who you are and what you’re about. There are worse fates.
Little things like that shouldn’t, and won’t, be remembered in history. Things like bringing a boy with some food in his basket to see Jesus, just in case there was some way that could be helpful. But maybe St. Andrew can be our reminder that little acts of kindness really do matter, and they really are remembered by God.
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 us, who are called by your Holy 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 for ever. Amen.