odd man out
As Jesus "was walking along the Sea of Galilee He watched two brothers, Simon now known as Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea." —Matthew 4:18
When Jesus called His first apostles, He started with the quartet of Peter, Andrew, James, and John (Mt 4:18, 21). In fact, Andrew was initially the leader who introduced Peter to Jesus (Jn 1:40-41). We see this quartet together in other parts of the Gospels (e.g. Mk 13:3). However, for some reason Andrew was no longer included in the privileged group. Only Peter, James, and John accompanied Jesus to the Transfiguration, the raising of the daughter of Jairus, and the agony in the garden. The quartet became a trio, and Andrew was out.
Although this was God's will, Andrew may have struggled with feeling excluded. We may have the same problem in being left out of some activity, ministry, or community. Even if this is God's will, we are tempted to feel jealous, resentful, or unforgiving. However, if we don't get upset about being left out of some things, we will not be left out of the most important things, such as God's grace, love, and eternal life.
We need to be like Andrew and thank the Lord for calling us to serve Him in any way, even if we're left out of some things. Thank You, Lord, for leaving me out. I trust You and am secure in Your love.
Prayer: Father, may I be "out of it" in just the right way.
Promise: "If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." —Rm 10:9
Praise: St. Andrew is said to have preached the Word of the Lord as he died, tied to a cross.
Reference: (For a related teaching on Developing a Deep Personal Relationship with Jesus, order, listen to or download our CD 52-1 or DVD 52 on our website or order our tape on audio AV 52-1 or video V 52.)
Rescript: †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 31, 2016
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