Jesus went up into the hills and summoned those he wanted. So they came to him and he appointed twelve; they were to be his companions and to be sent out to preach, with power to cast out devils. And so he appointed the Twelve: Simon to whom he gave the name Peter, James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, to whom he gave the name Boanerges or ‘Sons of Thunder’; then Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, the man who was to betray him. (Mark 3:13-19)
That walk to the interview. The march to the headteacher’s office. The journey to the hospital for test results. The summons to the boss’s office. These are all moments filled with emotion! Fear, worry, anxiety, helplessness, concern, anticipation. And so Jesus takes his position uphill. Calls forward and upward those he wants to appoint to a special role, to share in the Messianic journey. And so they make that uphill journey. What was going through their minds as they trekked and talked together? Their role was a great one. Filled with the responsibility of love, the power to preach, the authority to confront devils. It’s a turning point in their life with Christ. Wrestling with our own calling can be much like a journey as we try to discover what God asks of us, to be frustrated sometimes by not knowing, or to lack the courage to make the decision to do it. But there is no need to worry, no need to fear. We are all called to be companions of Christ which means he is always with us.
Lord God, whatever you ask us to do, may we have the strength to do it as companions of him whose uphill call to the Twelve filled them with authority from on high. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.