Gospel: Mk 3:13-19
Then Jesus went up into the hill country, and called those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed Twelve to be with him, and he called them ‘apostles.’ He wanted to send them out to preach; and he gave them authority to drive out demons.
These are the Twelve: Simon, to whom he gave the name Peter; James, son of Zebedee, and John his brother, to whom he gave the name Boanerges, which means ‘men of thunder’; Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alpheus, Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.
“Jesus forms the people of the “New Covenant“
We now see Jesus establish a “new order“ in today’s Gospel by calling those whom he wanted to become his disciples. Jesus, the High Priest in the order of Melchizedek (not Aaron) creates a “new community“ that could accept the “new order“ of things, a New Covenant! Now Jesus has a “new wine skin for the new wine.“
The Apostles constitute the core of this New Covenanted People. The 12 come from different backgrounds and with different personalities. You have among them, fishermen (Simon and Andrew, James and John), a tax collector (Levi), a zealot (Simon), a possible scripture scholar (Nathanael). And there was Judas, who would betray Jesus.
Jesus continues to call disciples and apostles even today. They come from different sectors of society. Those called are always not the best. Indeed all those Jesus calls have flaws, idiosyncrasies, sins! You and I have been called by the Lord to be his disciples today! Despite our obvious unworthiness! What privilege! Don’t say “No“ to his invitation!