Tuesday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time
Colossians 2:6-15, Psalm 145:1b-2, 8-9, 10-11, & Luke 6:12-19
Imagine Jesus walking slowly down from the mountain, tired, hungry, and maybe thirsty after a night of praying and communing with His Father as to who He would call to become apostles. At the foot of the mountain, the disciples waited and speculated about what Jesus would speak about when he returned. Then, were they anxious like us at meetings where a significant decision was about to be announced?
What they heard was Jesus calling the names of the Twelve chosen to become apostles. He identifies them one by one, and in some cases, He gives a bit of description to help us distinguish who they were.
Were they proud and delighted, or were they frightened? Did they have a clue what this selection meant? Would they have accepted the honor if they had known that all but one of them would eventually become martyrs in foreign lands? Were the disciples who were not chosen upset or relieved? Did some of them abandon Jesus due to His decision?
There is a message in the way Jesus called His apostles by name. The chosen twelve were men with distinctive histories, personalities, strengths, and certain weaknesses. Interestingly, when hearing their name called, each man could have easily said 'NO' to Jesus instead of 'YES.'
Previously, I have presented in my reflections that our faith tradition of community is essential. As we know, however, communities are composed of, well, individual personalities. The hymn 'You Are Mine.reminds us, "I have called you each by name, I love you, and you are mine." The words in this hymn remind each of us that we are precious to Jesus just as the apostles were, and we each make distinctive contributions to the Christian community just as the apostles did. Today, we should recall that we must all be rooted in Jesus and walk with Him, just as Saint Paul reminds us in the reading from Colossians. We may occasionally stumble, as the apostles certainly did, but we must find our way.
Question of the Day: How will you contribute to your parish community in the tradition of the disciples of Jesus?
Prayer: "Like the deer that yearns for running streams, so my soul is yearning for you, my God; my soul is thirsting for God, the living God." (Psalm 42)