Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 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.
Disciples and missionaries.
- Pray: Luke shows us that before making an important decision in life we must pray. I’ll never get tired of repeating this because during our lives we will have to make important decisions and every decision has its risks, especially when we must choose our vocation or our life companion. If you’re still not married and you know your calling is to be married, it would be a good idea to start praying and asking the Holy Spirit to show you who the person that God has chosen for your life is. And if you have chosen a religious vocation, it’s good to start praying to God to show you who’s going to accompany you in that mission. That’s why it is important to take your time, get some distance, look hard and pray. After that, decide and chose.
- The Disciples. If we were to see the resume of each of the disciples, we would see that each one is very different from the other. This is why the call from Jesus is personal and unique. There are no specific requirements to be called by Jesus, rather it is simply coming into contact with our Lord and Master and knowing that we have been chosen by Him. I can assure you that you will be aware of the moment when Jesus calls you, and I’m not only referring to a religious calling, I mean the great vocation that each of us has: Christian life. Your heart will burn because you will know that He has chosen you.
- The Mission. The mission that Jesus points us towards is this: healing and relieving. You and I who are part of this family, the Church, have been called by Him for this: to heal and to relieve. You were chosen by God to be a ‘Church in action’, so don’t sit down to have a cup of tea and talk about theology, rather go out to announce that Jesus is alive, announce it with your smile and with a heart full of the Holy Spirit. I’ll give you a tip: you get that fire in Eucharistic adoration.
So, come on because remember Heaven is our goal!
God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.