Andrew the Apostle, Patron Saint of Scotland Have you ever thought of how God seems to use unknown “nobodies” to achieve his purposes rather than well-educated VIPs and other such highly vaunted personages? The Bible is full of such examples, and we need to go no further than to look at the man who is celebrated in the Church today as St Andrew the Apostle and the Patron Saint of Scotland. He received this second title because of a legend that his relics had been brought there in the eighth century. But who was this great Saint? A simple fisherman from Galilee! What did he do to achieve greatness and titles? He followed Jesus. Do you remember the story? He was fishing with his brother Simon Peter when Jesus approached them and said, ‘Follow me and I will make you fishers of people’. Both of them dropped their net immediately and followed him. Andrew remained loyal to Jesus and was with him until the end of Jesus’ earthly life. He was there at the feeding of the five thousand and then later, when some Greeks wanted to see Jesus, Philip brought them to Andrew who told Jesus of their desire. But Andrew is not just a biblical character seen as one of Jesus’s most loyal disciples. Tradition has him travelling on several missionary journeys and eventually being martyred by being crucified on an X -shaped cross.
Andrew’s story and example remind us that even though we might think ourselves insignificant God sees us as his children whom he loves and of whom he is extremely proud. He calls us to follow him as best we can in our lives. Amen.A Prayer for Today: Almighty God, who gave such grace to your apostle Saint Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ and brought his brother with him: call us by your holy Word and give us grace to follow you without delay and tell the good news of your kingdom. We ask this through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever.