September 10, 2019 (Tuesday of Week 23 Year I)
He named Apostles
Dear friends in Christ, everyday is important in life; but some days you will agree appear more important than others depending on the events occurring on such days and the decisions we have to make. These perhaps are the kind of decisions and days, that give meaning to our existence and affect every other thing we do. The decision on one’s career, which school to choose, marriage and vocation, some business deals which are out of the ordinary. When you have to make such a critical decision, how do you approach it?
Our first reading today (Colossians 2:6-15) asks the people to keep up with the simplicity of the faith they have received and not allow anyone make a prey of them under any guise. According to Paul, “As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith…abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit…” Paul’s advise in this matter is very relevant in our own time too. In the name of faith, a lot of people have been duped and sometimes wrecked, by those with ‘sweet-tongues,’ using the name of God. Be careful that those who live in lies and lead others into errors do not derail you. A Christian should hold on to his faith in Christ so as not to become an easy prey to those who cash in on religion for their personal gains.
The gospel (Luke 6:12-19) presents one of the critical moments in the life and ministry of Jesus. He needed to choose from among his followers, those who will work closely with him. Luke describes how he went about it, "It happened that in these days Jesus went out into the hills to pray; and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called his disciples, and chose from them twelve, whom he named Apostles..." We must examine ourselves on our attitude to life and prayer, particularly when we have to make those critical decisions. Jesus will have to hand over the leadership of the church, and the work of evangelisation to these people. Not only that, he needed those who could fulfil what the scriptures had foretold, which accounts perhaps for why he chose ordinary men, men who were not perfect. They had the freedom to do their will, even while belonging to the inner circle of disciples. They will be named Apostles. Sometimes, we are very careful to choose those who are perfect only, the best team possible. The imperfect also have their roles to play, if only we learn to listen to God in prayer, and rely on his help to make the right choices.
Let us pray: Lord, imperfect though I am, I abandon myself to you, use me for your glory. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.