10/28/2022 (Friday) Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 6:12-16
12 Jesus went up to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God.
13 When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles:
14 Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
15 Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot,
16 and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
10/28/2022 (Friday) Today’s Gospel Reflection: Luke 6:12-16
The gospel reading above tells us about the selection or appointment of the twelve apostles who will make up the inner circle of Jesus’ community of disciples. There were thousands of followers and Jesus has to choose from among them only twelve men upon whose shoulders the continuation of the His mission to save the world and build up His kingdom would fall upon. Can you imagine yourself being one of them? If you were one of them, would you accept such a task of universal significance?
Let us take note that before Jesus made a very important decision, He has to spend a whole night in prayer. He is already God who knows everything including the inner motives of men. Yet He needs to pray for a whole night. The importance of prayer, especially during moments of decision-making, cannot be overemphasized. Jesus is showing us the way.