He appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles….
Today’s passage gives us the first listing of the Twelve that Jesus chose with a special responsibility to carry on his message. He summoned “those whom he wanted.” They were “to be with him” as disciples and friends, then “to be sent out to proclaim the message.” Jesus even gave them “authority to cast out demons,” sharing in his power over evil of all sorts.
Discipleship is an essential theme in Mark’s Gospel. The first disciples were non-entities, yet were called by Jesus to form his first community and be heralds of the Good News. That some probably did not amount to much may be reflected in other lists of the Twelve that do not always list the same names. Judas, however, is always mentioned last and called a traitor. The story of Judas is so dark because he failed even against the background of the glory of God that shone in the face of Jesus. And because of the brilliance of Christ, the darkness of Judas is clearly seen. The other eleven are great encouragements to us because they exemplify how common God can use people with typical failings in uncommon, remarkable ways.
All of us have been called by baptism. That gift enables us to spread the Good News with our words, deeds, and concern! Love and care for another can drive out demons and unclean spirits. Today, we can share Jesus’ message of love, care and compassion. Jesus always walks with us and empowers us. We are reminded of his teaching at every Mass and nourished with his body and blood to remain faithful in our discipleship.
How good a disciple am I?
Let Us Pray:
O Jesus, in baptism, you have called me by name. May I always remain faithful and grow more and more in your likeness.