January 20, 2012
Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary
Father Robert DeCesare, LC
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He went up
the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they
came to him. He appointed twelve (whom he also named
apostles) that they might be with him and he might
send them forth to preach and to have authority to
drive out demons: (he appointed the Twelve:) Simon, whom he
named Peter; James, son of Zebedee, and John the brother
of James, whom he named Boanerges, that is, sons of
thunder; Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of
Alphaeus; Thaddeus, Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe that through baptism
you have invited me to share in your friendship. I
trust in your Church, Lord. You have given us this
institution as the guide to help us in our salvation.
I love you, Lord, because you have loved me first.
I love you, Lord, for calling me to be your
friend and apostle. I may be a mere sinner, but
with you, Lord, I believe that I can do great
Petition: Lord, help me to collaborate in
your work of salvation.
1. Christ Summoned Those Whom
He Wanted Christ has chosen to need our assistance. He
wants our help with the great work of the New
Evangelization. As great and powerful as Christ is, he has
willed that man collaborate with him in his plan of
salvation. He wants to involve others in helping people to
come to know, love and serve him. He makes use
of man’s free and responsible collaboration in order to carry
out his plans. Therefore, even though man is a creature
of very limited possibilities, he can achieve truly unimaginable things
when he lives and works for God.
Calls Me by Name Christ does not haphazardly choose me
to collaborate with him in the New Evangelization. He knows
me. He knows me better than I know myself, and
out of love he invites me to be with him.
When he calls me by name, he reaches into the
depths of my heart and soul. He delves into the
depths of who I am, and he identifies with me.
When he calls me by name, he calls me out
of love; “he calls me to share in his own
divine life” (Lumen Gentium, 2). He calls me by name
because he knows how great the gift is that he
wishes to share with me.
3. He Gives Me
a Mission “He sent them to preach and to drive
out demons” (Mark 3:14-15). Christ doesn’t call me just to
enjoy the present life. He has created me for a
purpose. He has given me a specific vocation that only
I can fulfill. I am irreplaceable; there will never be
another me. The opportunity that I have to share in
this friendship with Our Lord is an invitation to do
something with him and for him. Christ’s love for me
invites and beckons me to collaborate with him. Who can
resist an invitation to collaborate with someone so great, and
with an offer so challenging and yet so fulfilling?
Conversation with Christ: Lord, you have wished for me to
enter your friendship. You have called me by name to
be your friend. You have invited me to help you
in the New Evangelization. I want to help you and
do my part. Give me the strength to be close
to you and to collaborate with you in this great
Resolution: I will bring up the faith in
a conversation with someone.