Now during those days he went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles:Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, and James, and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Simon, who was called the Zealot, and Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
In today’s Gospel, Jesus literally has a mountaintop experience that results in calling twelve apostles, including Saints Simon and Jude (Judas son of James) whose feast we celebrate today. We all occasionally have “mountaintop” experiences, that is, those times carved out for a profound encounter with God—retreat, World Youth Day, etc. The “mountaintop” provides a boast, or even a new start, for a deep and personal relationship to God.
After Jesus calls the twelve apostles he sets out to nurture a deep and personal relationship with them. Today’s Gospel contains one of the “mountaintops” in that journey. Other days, we find Jesus asking the apostles, “Do you still not understand?”
In between our “mountaintops” we have the ordinary days in our relationship with God—joy and sadness, gratitude and anger, near and far off. Think of your human relationships; are not all these things a part of them? So, too, with God.
—Brad Held, S.J., a Jesuit of the Wisconsin province, is currently a theology student at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He has just come from 3 years of teaching at Red Cloud Indian School on the Holy Rosary Jesuit Mission in Pine Ridge, SD.
May Christ support us all the day long, till the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then in his mercy may he give us a safe lodging, and holy rest and peace at the last. Amen.
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