Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/091118.cfm
Jesus departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground. A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured. Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all.
Now is a good time to remember that Jesus chose someone who would betray Him and everything He taught. We need to live what Jesus teaches, but He shows us that even when He is betrayed His message lives on. He healed, taught and sent these same apostles out to do the same. The message never changed, but those who proclaim it do not always really hear it. What do you hear? Who do you listen to?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Judas shows us that if someone is unfaithful your message is still true. I left once because of a Judas, I will never do it again. Your message is true, and I believe and proclaim it. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The Lord takes delight in his people.