Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 10, 1-7
Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.'”
Jesus chose them
Jesus chose them
1.Jesus prayed: Jesus chooses his disciples, but before He does so, He prays. He talks to God. And this is very important for you as well. Before you make a decision or a choice you should also pray; talk to God, tell him what’s going on in your life. Sometimes the many occupations of your day may lead you to make quick, spur-of -the-moment decisions. Give God his place so He can make the decisions in your life together with you.
2.Jesus chose his disciples: This is the best part – it is God who chooses you and not you who choose Him. It’s God who calls you by name. He does not regret choosing you and constantly seeks your affirmative reply. The choice is His and the response is yours. God never gets tired of seeking you, and He does not regret his decision of choosing you to be part of His family.
3.The sending out of the disciples: When you become part of His family, he sends you out on a mission. Every disciple is a missionary and every missionary is first a disciple. This is the key: when there is a call there is also a mission. God chose you for something special and the mission you have is to save souls. How do you do this? That I don’t know; you have to talk to God about that. God Himself will tell you the way to carry out your mission, with signs He will give you every day. And that’s your part: identify these signs of God in your life.
God bless you and be with you, in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Remember, Heaven is our goal!