January 20, 2023 –
Friday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time
He appointed Twelve, whom He also named Apostles ….
The Gospel account of Saint Mark the Evangelist is by far the shortest of the four accounts of the Gospel. The brevity of Mark’s account is complemented by its fervor. Jesus in this account appears as a man of action. Consider today’s Gospel passage in this context.
From the third of Mark’s 16 chapters, we hear today of Jesus calling His Twelve. They are meant themselves to be men of action. Jesus names them “Apostles, that they might be with Him and He might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.”
There are two points one might note in this sentence. Given that the word “apostle” literally means “one who is sent”, the evangelist describes the type of mission these twelve will have. But more primary than this being sent forth is the One who sends them. Their “apostleship” is rooted not only in the person of Christ, but in their being “with Him”. In our own manner, each of us as a baptized member of the Church is called to serve, but is called first to be “with Him” each day.