7th of September

Publié le 6 Septembre 2021

Gospel text

(Lk 6,12-19): 

 

Jesus went out into the hills to pray, spending the whole night in prayer with God. When day came, He called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them whom He called apostles: Simon, whom He named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James son of Alpheus and Simon called the Zealot; Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who would be the traitor.

Coming down the hill with them, Jesus stood on a level place. Many of his disciples were there and a large crowd of people who had come from all parts of Judea and Jerusalem and from the coastal cities of Tyre and Sidon. They gathered to hear him and be healed of their diseases; likewise people troubled by evil spirits were healed. The entire crowd tried to touch him because of the power that went out from him and healed them all.

 

The Application

 

Jesus knew that Judas will betray Him. Peter was neither the strongest disciple, nor with great leadership qualities.  Did the Lord make a mistake in his discernment by choosing Judas Iscariot as one of his disciples and Peter as the head of His church?  Yet we know that this discernment is made in prayer and contemplation, totally inspired by the Holy Spirit, fully accompanied by his Father. Personally I am convinced that there is deep message for you and me. In this choice of disciples, as I look it here, I find that there is a consolation and a warning sign to us all.

 

A consolation because conversion is possible at any time, if we desire it. Each and every one of us, with our limits can participate perfectly in the divine mission. A warning, because the proximity, the divine knowledge does not guarantee us salvation. Each of us is personally invited to respond to this divine call, through our own positive commitment to the fulfilment of God's will.

 

Today's readings invite us to discern everything before God, according to the teaching we have received from the Lord. Society brings us a teaching, with rules and prohibitions. The Lord brings us a teaching filled with love and mercy, a call to holiness, conditioned by the love He expressed on the cross, for the remission of sin. Love one another as I have loved you.

 

It was in this love for His Father that He was in contemplation and prayer all night. It was in this same love that He chose from among His disciples and raised them up as Apostles. It was in this love for His Father that He taught and healed. So let us also go to the mountain in this prayer, that we may imitate him in a perfect and radical way, and that his Kingdom may come. Amen.  

 

Action of the day: Start everything in prayer

«Jesus went out into the hills to pray, spending the whole night in prayer with God»

 

Fr. Lluc TORCAL

Poblet(Santa Maria de Poblet, Tarragona, Spain)

 

Today, I would like to center our thoughts on the first words of this Gospel: «In those days, Jesus went out into the hills to pray, spending the whole night in prayer with God» (Lk 6:12). Introductions as this one may go unnoticed in our daily reading of the Gospel, while —in fact— they are of the maximum importance. Today, Jesus, specifically and clearly tells us that the election of the twelve apostles —central decision for our Church's future life— was preceded by a full night in prayer alone, before God, his Father.

How was the Lord's prayer? What we can deduce from his life, it must have been a prayer full of confidence in the Father, of complete surrendering to his will —«for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me» (Jn 5:30)—, of clear union to God's work of salvation. Only through this profound, long and constant prayer —supported always by the action of the Holy Spirit that, at the moment of Jesus' Incarnation, had already fallen over him in his Baptism— could the Lord receive the necessary strength and light to go on with his mission of abiding by the Father to accomplish his work of salvation for mankind. The subsequent election of the Apostles —that as St. Cyril of Alexandria says, «the same Christ affirms having given them the same mission He received from the Father»—, shows us how the rising Church was the fruit of Jesus' prayer to the Father in the Holy Spirit and, therefore, the work of the Holy Trinity. «When day came, He called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them whom He called apostles» (Lk 6:13).

If only all our life as Christians —of disciples of God— could always be immersed in prayer and led by it.

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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