The Twelve Apostles

“The Twelve Apostles”
Luke 6:12-16 “in a snailshell”
Tuesday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 Gloria M. Chang

In those days he departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

Luke 6:12-16

Jesus is the “Sent One” who comes from “the Father who sent me.”1 Apostle (apostolos) means “messenger” or “one sent on a mission.”

The Sent One prayed to the Sender.
Twelve “sent ones” joined the Messenger.

Traditional Chinese Translation



1 John 5:37; 6:44; 6:57; 8:16, 18; 12:49; 14:24.

7 Replies to “The Twelve Apostles”

  1. Dear GMC, We are all called and sent forth. The tasks may not be the same, but the mission is: To share God’s love. Thank you for helping me reflect and pray about my call and how I answer it before God. We may no longer be called to great tasks, but our call is not diminished and neither are we.

  2. Apostle ORIGIN:Old English apostol, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek apostolos ‘messenger’, from apostellein ‘send forth’.
    By our very BEing made in the image of God, we are messengers of Good News.In God’s garden of life, each one blooms!

    1. Sr. Karen, thank you for your profound insight! God is gracious and merciful.

      “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.”
      -John 15:16

  3. I often forget that He “chose” me. I think it couldn’t possibly be true. I look at all my flaws, faults and failures…but He must see something more…so I must say “Here I am. Send me.”

    1. The Scriptures go even further: “…he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him” (Ephesians 1:4).

      Before anything came into being, God chose us in Christ. Who can fathom the mind of the Lord?

      May we have confidence and trust like St. Thérèse of Lisieux, who entrusted herself to Divine Mercy: “Whoever is a LITTLE ONE, let him come to me.”

      Related posts:
      Let the Children Come to Me
      Before the Foundation of the World
      I Have Called You By Name

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