A PARISH ABOUT ALL SAINTS: Andrew, the Apostle

The story of St. Andrew offers a wonderful reflection at a time when we are all still remembering and expressing our thanksgiving for the abundance in our lives. In the gospel story of the feeding of the multitude we get a glimpse of St. Andrew. He gets to be the “straight man” in one of the most powerful demonstrations of stewardship ever witnessed. Seeing the crowd, Jesus asks the disciples, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” Phillip calculates the cost and says ruefully, “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little.” But it is Andrew who offers, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish”, he continues, “what good are these few for so many?” The answer Jesus demonstrates as he gives thanks and distributes the boy’s bread is that God’s gifts, shared, will always be more than enough.

-taken from Steward Saints for Every Day, Sharon Hueckel