Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/071217.cfm
Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness. The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus; Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus.
Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.'”
Jesus chose 12 men who He knew were not going to be perfect, men who would be frightened when He was arrested, despondent over His death, lacking the faith to see their mission through. But after being with Jesus, after His teachings and after He rose from the death, they finally saw the truth and were able to fulfill their commission. Jesus does not call the prepared, He prepares the called. Do you think you are unworthy of coming home to the Lord because of the life you have led? Look closely at the list of men and see yourself there. They grew in holiness and faith. You can too, if you just trust in the Lord as they came to do.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, your call caught me by surprise. I never thought I was worthy or capable to do your will. What lessons I learned when I learned to trust you! In Jesus’ holy name, I thank you for your faith and trust in me, Amen!
Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.