Tuesday, October 28 ~ Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

Holy Gospel: Luke 6:12-16 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 Alpheus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

Meditation: In choosing the 12 Apostles, we see a characteristic feature of God’s work – Jesus chose very ordinary people, from everyday walks of life. Sinners all, they were non-professionals, who had no wealth or position. They were chosen from the common people who did ordinary things, had no special education, and no social advantages. Jesus wanted ordinary people who could take an assignment and do it extraordinarily well. He chose these men, not for what they were, but for what they would be capable of becoming under his direction and power. When the Lord calls us to serve, we must not shrug back because we think that we have little or nothing to offer. The Lord takes what ordinary people, like us, can offer and uses it for greatness in his kingdom.

Prayer: O God, who by the blessed Apostles have brought us to acknowledge your name, graciously grant, through the intercession of Saints Simon and Jude, that the Church may constantly grow by increase of the peoples who believe in you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Contemplation: What is God’s call to you? And are you responding to God’s call? Just as Jesus called the 12 Apostles in various ways to “Come, follow me…” Jesus extends this same invitation to each one of us, to share in his mission, to live our lives according to the laws of God and the teachings of Jesus Christ. We, too, are ordinary, everyday people, all capable of achieving many things – great and small – as Christ’s followers, as his disciples. What’s holding you back from giving yourself entirely over to God? Are you ready to respond to Jesus’ invitation of “Come, follow me…” or is something holding you back?