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Jesus went up 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.
And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground. A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured. Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all.
In today's Gospel, we read that before appointing the twelve apostles. Jesus spent the whole night praying on a mountain. In the Bible, we see that mountains are mentioned frequently. It is because mountains dotted the landscape of biblical regions. Mountains also have a logical religious symbolism, people thought they were "closer to God" who was believed to dwell in the heavens.
The mountains mentioned in the Bible are often related to significant moments. On Mount Sinai, Moses spoke face to face with God. On Mount Carmel, God answered Elijah's prayer in front of the prophets of Baal. In this reading we see that Jesus appointed the apostles on a mountain.
Before the appointment, Jesus spent the whole night praying. Jesus is the model of prayer. Before making important decisions, we should imitate Jesus to pray and discern God's will in order to act accordingly.
Among the twelve apostles, we see that they had different occupations and personalities. Jesus chose people of very different backgrounds to preach the Good News together, will we accept people who are very different from ourselves?
This reflection is prepared by the FLL Inspire editorial team as a digest of the following three articles:: Commentaries on the daily readings by Sacred Space, What is the significance of mountains in the bible?, 10月28日 聖西滿及聖達德宗徒慶日