Today is St. Andrew's day. It is also the 3rd day of Advent. Tomorrow we will be able to start using our advent house/calendar. Till then we've burned down our advent candles to the number 1.
I learned something new that I didn't realize before concerning St. Andrew. I knew that he was the brother of Peter and that they were fisherman called to be disciples by Jesus. What I didn't realize was the timeline of events that occur when you put several gospels together. I was always a little amazed that the two just left to follow this poor carpenter without a whole lot of information. Today I realized that when they were called, they had already spent time with Jesus. In John 1, Andrew was introduced to our Lord by John the Baptist. Andrew spent the day with Jesus. After this,he told his brother, Simon (Peter) about Jesus. It was after this that Jesus called them to follow him and become fishers of men (which was the reading for today in Matthew).
Why I never put these two gospel passages together in such a way, I don't know. I've always wanted to read the four gospels to put them together chronologically, historically and spiritually.
Well, the boys and I read the passage in John about Andrew and then set out to memorize the 12 disciples. I used the book Memorize the Faith! by Kevin Vost to help us. His method works like a charm. We still remembered them all by lunch.
Speaking of lunch, since St. Andrew was a fisherman I thought it would be fitting to have fish. So, a greasy breaded fish and french fry lunch was enjoyed by all.