Popes write encyclicals for the world church. Not many read them. We preachers don’t preach dramatically like Jesus’ apostles or cry out like the prophet Amos. I suppose we ought at least to awaken faith as they did. Popes, apostles, prophets: they seem out of our league, don’t they? The common denominator is God chose and continues choosing unprepossessing people like you and me, addressing us in the scriptures.
You and I may be mesmerized by power and miss how Jesus sent them: two by two. Each was an extension of the apostolic band, and the companion in each pair was an extension of the other’s family, providing the social network so important to living a human life. Jesus transformed our humanity by his death and resurrection. Risen Jesus sends us, too, ordinary people that we are, to continue his transforming work. By baptism we
share in the priestly, prophetic, and royal office of Christ [Jesus] and therefore have [our] own role to play in the mission of the whole People of God in the Church and in the world. [What is our mission? We] bring the gospel and holiness to [all], and [transform all] things through the spirit of the gospel.1
- Pause, aware of being in the presence of the Trinity.
- Ask the apostles to present you to Jesus.
- Speak to Jesus your hesitation at being his apostle today.
- Affirm your trust in Jesus and ask for the grace to infuse your world with Jesus’ Spirit by the way you live.
- After several minutes, close your prayer by saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer, which is our going-on-mission prayer. Praying it keeps us close to the apostles, whose mission we extend as we put into practice our faith, hope and love.
- Second Vatican Council, Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, 2.