Prayer of the Day
Feast of St. Francis de SalesJanuary 24th, 2014
“Jesus went up the hills and summoned those he wanted. So they came to him and he appointed twelve, they were to be his companions and to be sent out to preach, with power to cast out devils. And so he appointed the Twelve: Simon to whom he gave the name Peter, James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James to whom he gave the name Boanerges or Sons of Thunder; then Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, the man who was to betray him.” Mark 3 : 13-19)
Jesus’ appointment of the Twelve is of great significance. Being with Jesus and sharing his ministry is the Marcan ideal and central to the theological aspect of this passage. It also takes us into the eschatological kingdom of God. Jesus going into the hills to be alone in prayer with the Father in his choice of the Twelve takes us into the mystery of the Word Incarnate God in our midst.