He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message,and to have authority to cast out demons.
So he appointed the twelve:Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
Then he went home
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
This is a difficult reading for me in some ways. The gospel reference to man after man can make me feel like the other, the un-named, and unimportant, to Jesus and to our Church. I take great comfort in the line “Jesus went to the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him.” I trust that I am wanted by Jesus, and need to have the faith to answer the call to come to him, even when I feel less than.
I can easily get bogged down in the hierarchy of the church, but at my core I know that I am invited by Jesus, and called to extend the invitation. I believe that Jesus counts me among his disciples, along with the millions of other faithful women throughout history. In some ways, it is good to feel the exclusion of “the other,” to know the searing pain of being on the outside. Many men and women throughout the world are faced with the daily message that they are not important to their family, neighborhood, community, church or world. May I have the grace and compassion to “be a refuge for them until harm passes,” to name the nameless, and to assure “the other” that they are invited to the mountain.
—Bridget Grady Couture, PhD, serves as Director of Diversity and Community Outreach at Sacred Heart Schools, Chicago, IL. Bridget and her husband Matthew have two children and live in Chicago.
God is the foundation for everything.
This God undertakes, God gives.
Such that nothing that is necessary for life is lacking.
Now humankind needs a body that at all times honors and praises God.
This body is supported in every way through the earth.
Thus the earth glorifies the power of God.
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