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Luke 6:12-19

The Word of God

Now during those days Jesus went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, and James, and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Simon, who was called the Zealot, and Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.

Luke 6:12-19
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    • Luke’s gospel highlights the centrality of prayer in the life and mission of Jesus. His decisions and choices emerge from lengthy periods of communion with the one he calls ‘Abba’. He chooses twelve very ordinary people, and entrusts to them the task of making his values known to the world.
    • Lord, I come to you in this time of prayer to feel your presence. Let me hear again your call to me. Let me sense your power at work in and through me.
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    • In these few verses, Luke summarises Jesus' way of life: prayer, forming his groups of disciples, preaching, healing. I prayerfully look at my life at present, and ask for the freedom and wisdom to achieve a better balance, marked by an openness to myself, to friendship and to those in need.
    • I look in some amazement at Jesus' choice of his closest companions. Surely he could have done better. But then I realise he has also chosen me, in my weakness and many limitations, and has shown a similar unwarranted trust in me and my potential. I ask for gratitude and trust.
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    • Today I pray in wonder and gratefulness for this small group of men, the Apostles. With all their shortcomings and mistakes, it is through them and their total trust in Jesus and in his Spirit that the Gospel has spread to the whole world, including to my own heart. I ask for their spirit as I hear Jesus call me by name to be an apostle in my own small world.
    • They were also the disciples of Jesus, those who were witnesses of his power and also of his great compassion when faced with human suffering. At the end of his life he told them they could also consider themselves his friends. I pray to be worthy of this great honour, and for the ability to consider Jesus as one of my friends.
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    • Jesus prayed all night to prepare for this momentous decision, choosing the Twelve apostles. He then healed the great multitude of people who gathered from afar.
    • In what way do I see myself as an apostle? Of what do I need healing for? In what ways can I touch Jesus? What do I know about the apostles?
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    • Jesus chose and called his disciples after some time of prayer. Consider what was in Jesus’ heart - the hope, trust and love that he had for his disciples as he chose them to be close to him. Allow Jesus to look on you with the same hope, trust and love. Hear yourself called; ask for grace to be able to respond fully from your heart.
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    • Luke’s gospel highlights the centrality of prayer in the life and mission of Jesus. His decisions and choices emerge from lengthy periods of communion with the one he calls ‘Abba’. He chooses twelve very ordinary people, and entrusts to them the task of making his values known to the world.
    • Lord, I come to you in this time of prayer to take your touch. Let me hear again your call to me. Let me sense your power at work in and through me.
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    • Each time I consider Jesus calling the disciples, I think of my name among them. Jesus sees and values what I can bring to the task; I pray for a deeper appreciation of myself as I acknowledge that Jesus calls me to growth.
    • Jesus’ decision about the disciples was preceded by a time in prayer. My regular prayer helps me to grow into understanding the ways of God, allowing my everyday choices and my bigger decisions to be shaped and changed.
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    • Jesus, you prayed all night to prepare for this momentous decision, choosing the Twelve apostles (St Luke uses the term /apostles/ only of the Twelve whereas St Paul uses it of all preachers of the gospel). What came out of it? These Jewish workmen, without any special qualifications except the knowledge and love of you, and with no power or money to back them, went out to carry your good news to the ends of the earth. /Sacred Space/ continues that work. In the history of mankind, there has never been a mission as far-reaching or effective as this.
    • Any big event in the life of Jesus was preceded by prayer. Choosing the apostles would impact on the life of his community forever. He faced the passion after prayer in the garden, and prayed during his passion. He was a man of much prayer. Time in prayer is joining in the prayer of Christ, and can help us discern what is best, most human and most loving in our lives.
    • Jesus prayed before he called the twelve. We can see that he prayed often and before big decisions. When we bring our confusions and decisions to prayer, we don't get easy answers but we widen the context in which we make the most important decisions of our lives. Prayer often gives us an opportunity to put the important decisions of our lives into the context of love of God and love of our neighbour.