Mark 9: Andrew

He might be a dark horse candidate, but if I could pick one apostle to meet and talk with, it might be Andrew. And I’d ask him about the journey he must have gone through of burying his ego.

In the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke), Andrew and Peter get picked together, brothers summoned from their job fishing for their father into discipleship. The Gospel of John ups the ante a little; Andrew is a follower of John the Baptist who goes (with a partner) to find out why John was so high on Jesus. He switches rabbis and brings his brother Peter along. In the Orthodox tradition, Andrew is known as the first disciple for this.

But by Mark 9, Jesus picks three of his twelve to go up the mountain alone with him (to witness the transfiguration, as it turns out). And (spoiler alert) he picks the same three to pray with him in the Garden of Gethsemane after the Last Supper. Peter…and the other pair of brothers, James and John.

How does that conversation go? How do you go from first disciple to the guy whose brother gets picked for all-stars while you stay on the bench?  What must that have felt like?

Tradition has it that Andrew got over it, if it ever bothered him in the first place. He preached the Gospel around the Black Sea and other places, is the patron saint of Romania, Ukraine and Russia, and was crucified (allegedly on an x-shaped cross) for believing in Jesus. 

But what was that process of letting go of ego like? What was it like to be one of the “other 9,” even though you were first to the party and brought along a brother who became the right-hand man?

That would be an interesting story to hear.

One response to “Mark 9: Andrew”

  1. […] want to be Peter, not Andrew or Simon the Zealot or that guy who didn’t get picked to be the 12th […]

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