Jesus went up 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.
Today the Church remembers the apostles Simon and Jude. In this Gospel passage we see that even Jesus went to pray to unite Himself with the Father before choosing the Twelve. He spent the entire night in prayer. When was the last time you spent the night in prayer? Have you had a really important decision to make recently? Did you turn to God in prayer? Jesus teaches us how to approach important situations in our lives – turning to our heavenly Father in prayer, always seeking to do His will.
Simon and Jude represent a group of twelve men who were trained evangelists. They were regular men like me and you. The Lord did not call the equipped, but He equips the called. Jesus turned these ordinary twelve men into a group of super-evangelists with the help of His grace. The Holy Spirit descended upon these men on that first Pentecost and the world would never be the same.
The Lord also calls me and you, despite our weakness and sinfulness. The Lord’s call is not just for the apostles, but it is for every single one of us. He sets high ideals for all of us. He calls us to be holy as our heavenly Father is holy. He calls us to be merciful as the Lord is merciful to us. He loves us more than we can possibly imagine. And He gives us the grace to live out this life of discipleship.
How are you responding to God’s call in your life?
Do you pray daily to seek God’s will in your life?
Sts. Simon and Jude,
Pray for us!