Lately, I’ve been watching a few videos from a source called Ascension Presents. They’re a Catholic organization, but most of their videos are ecumenical. They deliver great messages in a fun, easy-to-understand sort of way. Father Mike Schmitz is their main video-maker; he’s a young priest. The most recent video I watched was on evangelism. The entire video is great, but there was one story that grabbed me.
Father Mike’s dad, had, in the course of thirty years as an adult Catholic, invited hundreds of people to go to Mass with him.
“None of them ever came with me,” he said to Father Mike one day. “In all the years I invited people, no one came.”
“But dad, you invited me to Mass.” Father Mike said. As a result of his father instilling a deep faith into him at a young age, Mike went on to become Father Mike, and invite hundreds of people to Mass. All of the people he invited to Mass came with him, and he was able to minister to hundreds of others through his platform as a priest.
If his father would never have brought him to Mass, where would all of those people be? His father had actually brought hundreds of people to Mass through bringing his son, Mike, to Mass with him first.
Later in the video, Father Mike relates this story to the Peter and Andrew, asking: Are you Peter, or are you Andrew?
Andrew is often called the “first evangelist” -- he introduced his brother, Peter, to Christ. We don’t hear much about Andrew after that. Peter is the name that we hear over and over again. Peter went on to become a great leader of the early church, and was the beloved disciple. But without Andrew, there would’ve been no “disciple Peter.”
Where would we be as a church without Andrew?
Looking at history in general, we begin to see hundreds of “Andrew-like” stories popping up. One that I always think of is about Thomas Edison. I mean, have you ever thought about Edison's mother? She made the biggest contribution to electricity of anyone.
What about you? Are you Andrew, or Peter? We may never be able to answer that question for ourselves. And we may never want to answer it.
We can’t do this whole “life” thing alone. At some point, we are all Andrew and Peter; we are both Edison and his mother. Be grateful for those who inspire and serve you; look for ways to serve and inspire others.
You never know who you, or they, might become.