Posted by: livingscripture | October 28, 2015

30th Wednesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Jesus went up to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God.  When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles: Simon, whom he named peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. ”     

(Luke 6: 12-16)

 

How should we live this WordJesus and apostles

 Jesus was a man of profound prayer.  Before choosing the close group of disciples who would collaborate with Him and prolong His mission, the Apostles, He spent the entire night on the mountain in prayer, dialoguing with God.  This is important information that comes to us from Luke.  He is the evangelist most attentive to highlight the prayer of Jesus.  He wants to show us that the call of the Twelve was not a mere earthly choice, but one shared with His Father, and thus according to His Will.

Yet, when we look at the list of the persons named, we also see those of Simon the Zealot and Jude of Alphaeus, whose feasts we celebrate today, and we may think that the choice was not a very good one.  It deals with very mediocre people: fishermen who find it difficult to understand  the Teacher’s message; a Publican who is a sinner; the rebellious and indocile Simon the Zealot; two sons of thunder, James and John who were intransigent and intolerant; Peter who denied Jesus three times; and the traitor Judas Iscariot.

Notwithstanding this, Jesus entrusted these imperfect persons with the future of His Church and the success of His mission.  The Lord did not choose Twelve who were the most intellectually gifted, the strongest, the holiest, the best…but rather the weakest and the most imperfect.  He made this upsetting choice to make us understand that His Gospel is not based on the value or the power of human beings, but solely on the power of God.  He teaches us that the Grace of God is able to work beyond our limitations: “Nothing is impossible for God” (Luke 2: 37).

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect that if Jesus called these imperfect people to be His closest followers, He can also call and choose me.  The important thing is to follow Him with faith and total abandonment to His Grace.

Jesus, help me to follow You and totally trust in the power of Your Grace.

 The Voice of the Liturgy

 Lord, you have received us at Your table in the glorious remembrance of the Apostles Simon and Jude, through Your Spirit working in these mysteries, confirm us always in Your love.  Amen.

 

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