The patron of the Advent beginning, St Andrew, was a wealthy man. He and his brother Peter were fishermen and as we read in the Gospel they owned a boat. It indicates their good financial position. They were hard working men but they had enough to secure their future. When Jesus Christ turned up and invited them to follow him they faced a significant dilemma. They were to leave their comfortable lifestyle for something unknown and even more, something that was not going to pay off financially. We can imagine Andrew looking at his boat, thinking about his business activities and weighing it all against the offer Jesus was waking. In the Deal or No Deal people base their decisions on their intuition and good luck, that day on the shore of the Lake of Galilee; St Andrew was shifting his eyes from his boat and his business to the person of Jesus Christ. He didn’t choose a suitcase but he chose the person to follow. That day he said “No deal” to what he owned and he embarked on a journey of faith in the Son of God.
I believe that it is a great example for all of us, to choose Jesus when we need to choose between various things and situations. St Andrew’s No deal that day when he met Christ for the first time must have been followed by many other “no deals” to distractions from the journey he committed himself to.
The final “No deal” happened at the end of his life when he chose to die rather than to deny his Master. St Andrew was crucified on an X-shaped cross. That day he sealed his many “No deals” with this final one when he said even “No deal” to his own life in order to remain faithful to the Lord who chose him to be his disciple some years earlier. Andrew’s final “No deal” ultimately resembled him to his Devine Master as the letter X is the initial of the Name of Christ in Greek Χριστός (Anointed).
The students of theology quite often, while taking notes during lectures, write X when the name of the Saviour occurs. I remember my notes full of X’s. We can also pray that our life can be full of X’s marking all those situations when we said “No deal” to things in order to choose someone greater, the Son of God, Jesus Christ.