Friday of the Second week in Ordinary Time
Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
“God and Father of life, You have created every human person, and have opened the way for each to have eternal life. We live in the shadow of death. Tens of millions of your children have been killed due to the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion. Father, have mercy on us. Heal our land and accept our offering of prayer and penance. In your love for us, turn back the scourge of abortion. May each of us exult in hearts full of hope and hands full of mercy and work together to build a culture of life. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.” (Prayer of Reparation for Roe vs. Wade)
Letter to the Hebrews 8:6-13; Psalm 85:8, 10-14; Mark 3:13-19
“Jesus went up the mountain.” On this occasion, that is in today’s Gospel narrative, I like to think that Jesus went up the mountain to commune with His father and discuss the twelve men He had chosen to become His apostles. The chosen twelve were summoned, and they came to Him.
When our Lord began His public ministry, the men He chose for the task of preaching the kingdom of God were nothing more than ordinary everyday people. For the most part, they were non-professionals who had little wealth and no important standing in their community.
Jesus wanted ordinary people who could take an assignment and accomplish it extraordinarily well. He chose these men, not for what they were, but for what they would be capable of becoming. They learned their vocations by being followers of Jesus. They learned by listening to Jesus and by asking Him questions. They learned by witnessing powers that have never been seen before and never seen since.
Like the apostles, we too are followers and disciples of Jesus. Today we learned their names just as Jesus knows all of our names. Our life in Christ is to follow the examples of the apostles as we spread the “Good News” that is Jesus Christ. We do this by setting an example for others to follow. Our prayer life, sharing our time, talent, and treasure with others and, most of all, by joining our Lord on the mountain as He summons us to Himself. Then we ordinary people will be able to do extraordinary things in the name of Jesus.
Question of the Day: How will you hear the summons of Jesus to be called to be a modern-day disciple?
Prayer: Lord, we ask for the intercession of Your apostles to be an inspiration in our lives. Amen.