In this passage, Luke emphasizes that Jesus spent the night in prayer with God. It would have been a night in deep fellowship and communion with his Father, reviewing the disciples one by one. Together they chose the Twelve who would be called to be apostles and do what God had decreed to be done, even Judas.
Jesus did not choose 12 rabbis or 12 Pharisees. He chose 12 out of all those who had been following him. The Twelve did not choose Jesus, he chose them. Jesus calls normal people to do extraordinary things today. Is there something God is calling you to do?
If God only chose the rich or the well-educated or highly trained, then money and a select few would move the kingdom of God forward. God usually chooses those who are plain and ordinary to do the work of God’s kingdom.
In this time of reflection, think: Is God accomplishing God’s purposes through you?
Lord, open our hearts to hear what you are calling us to do, so that people in our communities may come to know you and your saving grace through your son, Jesus Christ. Amen. — JM