Reading: Mark 3:13-19

13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach 15 and to have authority to drive out demons. 16 These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); 17 James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means ‘sons of thunder’), 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Thought: Twelve? Again this passage resonates loudly with the Old Testament. The Old Testament tells of the twelve brothers of Jacob whose families became the twelve tribes of the Jews, the People of God. Could it be that in calling twelve disciples Jesus is symbolically renewing the twelve tribes, renewing God’s People, or bringing into being a new form of the People of God?
Prayer: Twelve disciples sent out to grow your family. Help us go out and do the same!