Grace to you!
I read God's Word this morning. I'm captivated by the line that says, "Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted [desired], and they came to him" (Mk 3:13).
The above describes the call of the twelve apostles. The Lord called them. Scripture lists the names of each of them, showing us, I suggest, how each invitation is personal. God knows you by name. He relates to you as a person.
Scripture says, “They are those whom he wanted,” or “desired” (Revised Standard Version). Twelve is a symbolic number to represent the foundation of the Church built on twelve pillars of the apostles, connecting the Promise in the Old Testament, with the Fulfillment in the New Testament.
In this call of the twelve, the Lord takes the initiative. He calls those he desires. His choice sometimes surprises many people. It did then as it does now. For instance, many times, those chosen as bishops catch people by surprise. Some even say, “how could that guy be named a bishop.” God works in strange ways.
Among the apostles were a bunch of "unqualified" by human standards. It is in such surprising choices that our standards often get it wrong. God doesn't judge by appearance. God doesn't choose the perfect either. He knows who is the right person for whatever tasks he desires.
Yes, no one is qualified for the great work of God. Indeed, no one merits the grace of being called God's special one, God's child. Neither me nor you.
It is like God gives the called benefit of the doubt. He calls anyway despite the person. He sends as he sent the apostles. Apostle means "those sent out, or sent forth." No one sends oneself to a mission. In the Lord's mission, it is God who sends.
The Lord, who is the sender, desires who to send, and sends who he wills. He knows who fits for each mission, and he gifts each for that mission. Once the Lord sends, he gives adequate power to carry out the task. Such an authority comes with required grace too.
For the apostles, they were to be the pillars of the Church and lead the Body of Christ. Their successors, the bishops, carry on the same role for the Body of Christ. Other ordained ministers and professed religious serve in different degrees in the same mission.
Every baptized believer has a unique role in the Body of Christ too, and in the world.
When you received the gift of faith, it is because God so loved you and desired you for a unique mission. He sends you in your state in life with the necessary gifts, power, and authority to carry out that mission.
Do not wait and stand by when you have so much to offer. In the case of the twelve apostles, when the Lord summoned them, Scripture says, “they came to him.” Say yes to God’s invitation every step of the way. By saying yes, you are equipped with all you need, the power and authority to carry it out.
In Christ, you've been called and chosen. In Christ, you've been anointed to do good and spread the good news wherever you are. In Christ, you have the authority to outsmart and destroy evil. In Christ, you're a victor.
Praying, you keep an eye on the call and embrace every grace of your vocation. Amen.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Friday Week 2 Ordinary Time: 1 Sam 24:3-21; Mk 3:13-19]
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Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.