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Andrew-The Man Who Brought His Brother
Clarence E. Macartney
The basilica of St. Peter at Rome is, for many reasons, the world’s most notable place of worship. It is notable first of all for its site, for it stands on the very place where the Emperor Nero drove his chariot by night through his gardens, his way illuminated by the blazing pitch-covered bodies of the Christian martyrs. It is notable for its chief architect and builder, Michelangelo; for the triumphs of sculpture and painting which adorn it; for its gloomy crypt, where sleep the long succession of the bishops of Rome, and, according to the ancient tradition, Peter himself. It is notable for the vastness of its area and the years of its construction; for the famous statue of Peter, worn smooth by the kisses of devout pilgrims from every quarter of the globe; for the prayers for grace and forgiveness that are daily offered there by sinners in every language spoken by man since the confusion of tongues at the Tower of Babel. It is notable for its great golden dome, surmounted by the cross, and which, seen afar off by the traveler coming from the north or the south, the east or the west, lets him know that he is approaching the Eternal City. Within and around that great dome are the words of Christ to Peter: “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” But standing under that great dome, and reading those words from Matthew’s Gospel, there is another inscription that one feels ought to be added. It is this sentence from John’s Gospel: “He first findeth his own brother Simon, . . . and he brought him to Jesus.” Without Andrew there would have been no Peter.
That is the greatest present need of the church-more Andrews, more men who will tell the news of Christ and bring others to Him. Since the great work of the ministry, and indeed of every Christian, is to witness for Christ, and to bring ot ...
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