Tuesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time
(Colossians 2:6-15; Luke 6:12-19)
Long before the bricks and mortar of a new church are set in place, the architect must draw a blueprint. Without one, the structure can never be satisfactorily completed. In today’s gospel, Jesus demonstrates that he has such a plan for the building up of the community of Church.
The passage significantly begins with Jesus at prayer. Because naming of the apostles is a critical step in Jesus’ design of salvation, it requires intense prayer. The disciples chosen for the office are not any “Tom, Dick, and Harry.” Rather they are individuals who are differentiated when two happen to have the same name. By calling them “apostles,” a Greek word meaning ones sent, Luke indicates their preaching mission. The fact that there are twelve, the number of the tribes of Israel, should not be lost. Jesus is establishing a new Israel with twelve tribes albeit from the whole world. For this reason after Jesus’ resurrection the disciples will elect someone to replace Judas Iscariot.
We might ask ourselves what plan we have for our own lives. Whatever it is, hopefully it leads to God. If it is not yet formed or if it needs revision, we are wise to begin with prayer. We pray for wisdom to draw up a plan that will be doable and satisfying. We also pray that we may have the courage to carry the plan out.