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DG BookGospel: Lk 6:12-19
At this time, 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 in an open plain. 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 to be healed of their diseases. And people troubled by unclean spirits were
cured. The entire crowd tried to touch him, because of the power that went out from him and healed them all.

 

Reflection:

Before He makes an important decision, Jesus goes up
the mountain to pray. He communes with His Father.
Everything He did is in perfect accordance with the Father’s will. And
after doing that, He goes down the mountain and begins selecting
twelve of His closest collaborators among His disciples.
These He calls apostles. All who follow Him are disciples, but not all are
apostles. These are the select men who formed the Twelve. Among those
selected by Jesus, one would betray Him later on. This is perhaps to show us
that even our best effort sometimes goes awry and bad things happen. Our
consolation is, nothing is wasted on God. The evil that happens could be
an avenue for something good. The betrayal of Judas is an avenue for the
salvation of humankind. Ultimately, good always triumph.

 

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