WORD of the DAY
He went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him. He appointed twelve [whom he also named apostles] that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. (Mark 3, 13-15)
For scripture, going up a mountain is an act of authority, of important facts to understand. Here, the Teacher must build his team, the community of His closest ones, of those who will accompany Him in His task of proclaiming the Gospel. He calls Twelve. He already has their faces in His heart; He knows their history, including their betrayals and lack of understanding. And yet, He wants them to ‘remain with Him’. He does not want powerful men; he does not want efficient agents for the spread of an ideology. Christianity is not an ideology. It is real company with Jesus; it is a person to person relationship that involves us at all levels and all our capabilities.
Lord Jesus, make me Your disciple. In spite of my weaknesses and my limitations, call me to remain with You.
The Voice of Madeleine Delbrel
When we give our heart to God, He gives us that ‘heart of flesh’ that lights with the same fire everything it touches.