November 30, 2015

St. Andrew the First-Called Apostle, the First to Find Christ (St. Proclus of Constantinople)

By St. Proclus, Patriarch of Constantinople

When the Apostle Andrew felt deeply that he found the Christ that dominates the hearts of all, upon seeing the divine Teacher like a bright treasure, called out undeterred to his brother Peter: "We have found the Messiah." 

What great brotherly love! It also reverses the natural order of things. Andrew came to life second after Peter. He was first however, before Peter, to be called to be a wondrous fisherman for Christ and in the service of the gospel. 

"We have found the Messiah." These words are full of joy. Even more valuable is the opportunity of this discovery. Andrew found the treasure, He Whom the Prophets proclaimed years before that He would come. He Who Micah saw on a glorious throne, Isaiah on the seraphim, Daniel on the clouds.

"We have found the Messiah Who is the Christ." The one Christ, Who is God by nature, condescended and became man. He showed Andrew and all the other Apostles to be sources of miracles and containers of grace.