Now during those days he went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles:Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, and James, and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Simon, who was called the Zealot, and Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
In the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius suggests imagining an influential person and their qualities. Today we may think of Pope Francis, St. Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day, a loving family member or good friend. Then, Ignatius invites us to imagine someone even greater: Jesus Christ. There was a power within Jesus that people recognized. Jesus drew a variety people towards him—sick, wealthy, hungry, Pharisees, fishermen, tax collectors, and zealots to name a few. And in noticing Jesus’ qualities, I find myself not so different from these people, including being drawn to him too! As I move closer to Jesus, I also become more aware of:
—my own need for healing;
—the needs of my family, friends, and city;
—a call to continue his mission by following his teachings and example.
Who is Jesus calling you to reach out to for him today?
Lord, grant that I may see you more clearly,
Love you more dearly,
Follow you more nearly.
—Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius #104