Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 6, 12-19
Now during those days Jesus went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, and James, and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Simon, who was called the Zealot, and Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.
Disciples and missionaries.
1)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 ask 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, take some distance, look hard, and pray. After that, decide and choose.
2)The Disciples. If we were to see the résumé 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 so 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.
3)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 to heal and to relieve. You were chosen by God to be a ‘Church in action.’Don’t sit down to have a cup of tea and talk about theology, but instead go out and announce that Jesus is alive with a smile and with your heart full of the Holy Spirit. Here’s a tip: that fire is found in Eucharistic adoration.
So, come on! Heaven is our goal!
God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.