The Mission of the Twelve
In today’s gospel, Jesus departed to the mountain to pray and took the whole night praying to His Father. It is because the day ahead was an important day, the naming of the twelve apostles as his closer companions. If we look at the twelve people whom Christ had chosen, they were not exceptional or outstanding and so they were not qualified except Judas Iscariot probably, who was good in money matters. They were simply chosen.
But why is it that Jesus, the Son of God should spend the whole night in prayer? He is God and He does not need a prayer anymore. We are the ones who need this prayer all the more because we are human beings and not perfect. Jesus wants to show to us that prayer is very important in our relationship with God. If Jesus himself needed so much time to be in touch with God, so do we and the more we need it. We should always pray, as Jesus did, before doing anything of great importance and before making big decisions for our life. Let us consult God first to show that we want to do everything not by our own will but to fulfil the will of God. In other words, all our achievements in life and the great works we have done should be attributed to God.
After His prayer Jesus called the apostles by name. And the mission of the Apostles was not to attract people to themselves but rather, it was to direct others toward the One who sent them, God the Father through Jesus Christ. God calls each one of us by name for a mission but He does not force our response. What then is our mission, as Christians, everyday?
A friend of mine sent me an e-mail message. The title was: The 7-Ups of Life which for me is a kind of daily mission for each one of us. The 7-Ups of Life are:
1) Wake Up! – Decide to have a good day. “Today is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it,” (Ps. 118:24).
2)Dress Up! – The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the heart” (1Sam 16:7).
3) Shut Up! – Say nice things and learn to listen. “Listen to advice and accept instruction and in the end you will be wise.” (Prov. 19:20).
4) Stand Up! – For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything. “Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good…,” (Gal 6:9-10).
5)Look Up! – To the Lord. “I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13).
6)Reach Up! – For something higher. “…keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God,” (Col 3:1).
7) Lift Up! – Your Prayers. “Do not worry about anything; instead pray about everything,” (Phil 4:6).
Remember these 7-Ups of Life and make these, as Christians, your daily mission and also remember these missions too of the Twelve: Prayer, Profession of faith, Pay attention, Proclamation of the gospel, Pardon or reconciliation.
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