To the Ends of the World

Everything seemed ordinary.  An ordinary house near the Sea of Galilee.  An ordinary family with two grown-up, Simon Peter and Andrew who were part of family fishing business.  But, at the end, nothing was ordinary for these two brothers.
One day Andrew left his nets and walked for miles in search for John the Baptist, who was preaching at River Jordan.  He was baptized by this charismatic man.  While he was standing in the crowd, suddenly Jesus approached John to be baptized by him.  John tried to prevent him saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and yet you are coming to me?”  Jesus said to him in reply, “Allow it now, for it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”

After Jesus’ baptism, Andrew ran after Him wanting to meet and learn more of this man.  He later brought his brother, Peter to meet Jesus.  John’s Gospel tells us that Peter and Andrew were already followers of John the Baptist.
On one occasion, together with Peter and their cousin John (the evangelist), Andrew accompanied Jesus and His mother to a wedding feast of Cana.  There the young men saw the first of the many miracles in which Jesus turned water into wine.  After the feast, Andrew and Peter returned home to their fishing nets, but Jesus came after them saying, “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”
Andrew is mentioned several times in the Gospel story.  Along with his brother Peter and brothers James and John, he seems to have been among the closest followers of Jesus. 
One day, a huge crowd of people had followed Jesus out into a desert place to hear Him speak.  After many hours it became clear that the people were hungry and nothing to eat.  Andrew noticed that one boy in the crowd had a basket containing five loves and two fish.  He brought him to Jesus, who blessed the food and shared it out among the thousands of people.  Amazingly, everyone had enough to eat.
When Andrew and others left their jobs as fishermen to become His disciples, Jesus said He would make them “fishers of men.”  After the end of Jesus life on earth, Andrew (like the other disciples) started to travel widely, telling people all about Jesus.  In this way Andrew became a “fisherman” for Jesus – “catching” people and bringing them good news.
One story suggests that Andrew visited a place named Patras in the southern part of mainland Greece.  There Andrew persuaded the wife of an important Roman official named Egeas to become a Christian.  This didn’t please Egeas.  He had Andrew beaten up and thrown into prison.  Then Egeas ordered that Andrew should be put to death by being crucified on the seashore.
When it came time for crucifixion, Andrew wasn’t nailed to the cross.  He was simply tied to it, very tightly, by a rope.
He stayed alive for two days, preaching the Good News.  Thousands of people came to listen and many of them became Christians.
Eventually, Andrew became so weak he died.  The wife of Egeas and her servant came and took down the body, washed it lovingly, and buried it properly.
Saint Regulus lived in the 4th century was once told in a dream to carry the remains (or relics) of Saint Andrew “to the ends of the earth.”  Along with a small group of friends, so the story goes, he journeyed from Greece to Scotland.  They built a church near to where they landed, and buried the relics of Saint Andrew under the church.  The seaside city that now stands is known as Saint Andrew’s, the first disciple of Christ.
Sources: The New American Bible, Saints from the Gospel, Treasury of Saints

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