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-translation
Each of us is appointed and sent forth. As Christians we are chosen to be children of God. We are invited to embrace our faith, and through our deeds and actions we are called to live out the Gospel in our daily lives just as the Apostles did. Jesus appoints us as ambassadors. Whether great or small, our words and deeds can make a difference in the lives of others. We must consciously look for ways to integrate our faith into action. As we ponder this, we may also note that today is the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. As ambassadors of the faith we are called to protect life, all life, from conception to natural death: those who are fragile, those who are sick, those who are innocent and helpless, and those who have no advocates. How can I act as an ambassador of Christ and find ways to treat them with dignity, respect, and mercy?
— Leigh M. Hartley works in higher education administration at the University of Chicago. Over the past 15 years she has volunteered with the Jesuits, initially with Charis Ministries and in more recent years through planning and organizing pilgrimages with Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ.
Come! live in the light!
Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!
We are called to be light for the kingdom,
to live in the freedom of the city of God!
We are called to act with justice.
We are called to love tenderly.
We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.
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