The Patron Saint of Networkers/Introducers?!

The Church commends us to reflect on the Apostle Andrew…

Collect for the Feast of St. Andrew

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.

The Art of Introducing

John 1.35-44

[35] The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples;
[36] and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”
[37] The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.
[38] Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, “What do you seek?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”
[39] He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying; and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.
[40] One of the two who heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
[41] He first found his brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ).
[42] He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, “So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).
[43] The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”
[44] Now Philip was from Beth-sa’ida, the city of Andrew and Peter.

John 12.20-22

[20] Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks.
[21] So these came to Philip, who was from Beth-sa’ida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”
[22] Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew went with Philip and they told Jesus.

The Apostle Andrew seemed to be someone who connected people to one another or was in the middle of connecting people to one another. Perhaps we should add to the offices of apostle, prophet, pastor, teacher, evangelist, the office of networker. The networker and evangelist are related but not the same. The networker uses and builds the network of relationships that exist around Jesus. I would venture to say that many of you came to Christ because someone knew you and introduced you to someone else they knew who brought you to Christ. There are a lot of great and erudite homilies out there in books and on the internet about Andrew. I recommend them to you.

My reflection is, however, pretty simple. Andrew was the guy who says to you, “I know this guy you should meet. Let me set up an introduction.” We need to those men and women who work, for the glory of God, the matrix of relationships that exist in the world.

Fr. Thomas