Friday, January 23, 2009
Called by name
Jesus appointed the "Twelve" whom he also named Apostles. He called them by name and chose each to be with him. He would form them and then send them forth to preach and have authority to drive our demons. He spent the night in prayer before naming his Twelve. Today's Gospel tells us that he had gone up the mountain to summon "those he wanted and they came to him." It was an important moment in their lives. These are the ones he wants to have as special friends; they are to travel with him, share his life. One of them will betray him. Let us remember that we, too, have been called by Jesus, chosen to be a special friend, and that he is always with us and has strength for our weakness.