Friday 24 January 2020
1 Samuel 24: 3-21. Psalm 56(57): 2-4, 6, 11. Mark 3:13-19.
Have mercy on me, God, have mercy – Psalm 56(57): 2-4, 6, 11.
‘And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles.’
In today’s Gospel we hear of the twelve appointed by Jesus ‘to be with him, to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons.’
Just like the twelve apostles God calls each of us by name. There is an intimacy to this call, a tenderness, a dignity, for as we read in the prophet Isaiah ‘you are precious in my eyes, and honoured, and I love you’ (Isaiah 43:4). Jesus announces the kingdom by his life, and we carry forth this message and reality to the people we meet in our days. By our pattern of living, with our quality of presence, we attend to God’s love resounding at the heart of all things and are transformed. Made new in the Spirit, we can go out with joy in our hearts to give glory to God’s name, proclaiming with wonder the Good News.