FRIDAY, SECOND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Heb 8: 6-13; Ps 85: 8, 10-14; Mk 3: 13-19
A CHOSEN PEOPLE WHO KNOW HIM
We are all made in the image and likeness of God. And even though we sin, God has restored us to be his children by adoption through Jesus Christ his son. Jesus in today’s Gospel shows us how that becomes a reality for his disciples and even for us. Jesus goes up on the mountain, which in the Bible is usually a reference to being close to God, a place where heaven and earth meet or even being in the presence of God. The mountaintop calling of the Twelve is reminiscent of Moses’ ascent to Mount Sinai and God’s covenant with the Israelites (Ex 19) in the middle of their wilderness experience between the exodus event and the Promised Land. Jesus begins with being in the presence of his Father and then with the authority he has, as the Son of God, calls his people to him and appoints the twelve apostles, chosen to be the center of a new community. This indicates that Jesus has come to restore Israel.
The first reading of today gives us more insight into what Jesus is accomplishing as he does this. The letter to the Hebrews says “I will establish a new covenant with them” and “I will put my law into their minds, write it on their hearts and I will be their God and they shall be my people.” Jesus begins this as he gathers the disciples together to be with him and sends them out to preach and share in his authority (Mk 3:14). The Son is sharing his authority with us and restoring us to the Father as adopted children.
Let us not take this calling and choosing for granted. He chooses us so that we can know him and he can be our God and we can be his people. We who are sinners have no right to claim this from God. But God shows us his mercy and restores us so that we may know him. So let us in response draw near to the throne of grace in humility and faith. And let us renounce a life of sin and receive the power and anointing that God wants to give us through his Son and the Holy Spirit.
Response: Merciful love and faithfulness have met.
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