Daily Reflection – 1/24/2020
He went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him. He appointed twelve [whom he also named apostles] that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons: [he appointed the twelve:] Simon, whom he named Peter; James, son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder; Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus; Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him. (Mark 3:13-19)
Today’s Gospel marks an historic day in the life of the Christian Church. Jesus takes twelve of those who had been with him, walking with him, listening to Him, and He calls them to be His apostles . . . anointing them to preach, to heal, to drive our demons.
Each of the twelve was an ordinary person engaged in ordinary tasks in their lives. In the choice of the twelve, we see a characteristic feature of God’s work: Jesus chose very ordinary people. They were chosen from the common people who did ordinary things, had no special education, and no social advantages.
Jesus wanted ordinary people who could take an assignment and do it extraordinarily well. He chose these men, not for what they were, but for what they would be capable of becoming under his direction and power.
And the parallel for us? It’s both simple and profound. You and I are called to the same apostolate. You and I have been called to proclaim the Good News of His birth, to witness to the meaning of His life on earth and to attest to the meaning of His human death so that we could live eternally.
The fact is that too many move away from the significance of His call. Too many leave that to the ordained. Too many consider the message to be best discussed in a Church. But it’s our humanity that He wants to use. It’s to our humanity that He issues the call not just to follow Him but to LIVE Him in the conduct of our lives,He wants our humanity to speak to those around us. The words from our mouths and the actions from our hands.
God loves us, shaping us in Christ, encouraging us to develop the characteristics necessary for us to become his children. Only by discovering our God-given vocation —the true reasons for our life— and by fulfilling it on his terms, will we come to know ourselves as God knows us.
When the Lord calls us to serve, we must not hang back because we think that we have little or nothing to offer. The Lord takes what ordinary people, like us, can offer and uses it for greatness in his kingdom. Do you make your life an offering to the Lord and allow him to use you as he sees fit?
Prayer of The Day
Lord, fill me with gratitude and generosity for all you have done for me. Take my life and all that I have as an offering of love for you, who are my all.
And what does God require of those He calls? He asks us to live close to him as we serve him, and in return, He promises to stay close to us. Yet, God speaks to each one of us individually and specifically. Today, and every day, we must meditate upon the true nature of our call to vocation, answering his call with an increased love, born of our increased understanding of what He calls us to do and to be.