Peter was the first person that Jesus called when he began his ministry and selected his disciples. This is the reason Peter is mentioned first in the order of names of the apostles.
“And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon, called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he said unto them, Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 5:18,19
At the end of his ministry, Jesus’ disciples were arguing among themselves as to who would be the greatest in the Kingdom. Jesus told them the first shall be last and the last shall be first. Peter was obviously the most outspoken one of the group - often getting himself into trouble because of it - but he was not greater than any of the others. They all had a ministry and a part in building the early church of believers (Judas excluded). Saul, who became Paul, seemed to have an even greater impact on the church and contributed the most writings that made up the New Testament. He wasn’t even in the original group of twelve, yet the Lord worked great and mighty things through him.
Are you sure about that? I always thought that Andrew was called first. Then he went and got Peter.
Different evangelists have different lists.
Guess we will have to agree to disagree on this. Did you read this section of apologetics on Peter? Did you read yesterday’s with all the Biblical quotes about Peter? None of the other apostles is mentioned that many times.
This is not quite correct as John 1:35-42 clearly shows. Two of John the Baptist's disciples were compelled to follow Jesus after his baptism. Jesus told them to "come". One of these was Andrew, Peter's brother. It was Andrew who brought Jesus to Peter.
The Catholic Church needs to stop glorifying and praising mere men and get back to the Primacy of Jesus Christ.