Twenty Third Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel: Lk 6: 12-19

Jesus departed 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 the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground. A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured. Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all.

THE CALL OF THE TWELVE: Jesus appoints the twelve apostles. This was the beginning of the Christian ministry. Before appointing them, he goes to the mountain to pray. This shows the importance of prayer. Jesus our High priest shows us this and we need to follow it especially when praying for young vocations. We pray for our priests, deacons, brothers and even sisters so that they may be filled with the Holy Spirit. Only then shall they be able to exercise their ministry as Jesus did. From the choice of the apostles, we realise that the church of Christ is not build on the powerful or the mighty, but on the Holy Spirit of the living God. Its through prayer that God hears and also answers us.

PRAYER: Lord teach us how to pray that we may grow.

***** ORDINARY MEN FOR A GREAT MISSION: Our Lord Jesus Christ chose twelve apostles from the ordinary people walks of life. They were chosen to be with Him and to be sent out as apostles. Each of us is sent to be an ambassador for Christ, not only by our words but by our lives and deeds. Those apostles were a strange mixture of all kinds of people: tax collector, zealot, fishermen, and a betrayer. They always argued among themselves. Jesus Christ could unite them together for one mission by serving them. Those who have different characters in our Basic Christian communities and parishes can be united in their love for Him. It is Christ’s love which unites us into one despite our differences. If we really love Him, we witness it by our unity and love among us.