Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Mission of The Twelve

BEADS OF JOY 07-06-16
“Mission of The Twelve”
©2016 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

 My Friends,



Today’s Gospel: Matthew 10:1-7 (Mission of The Twelve)
“And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity. The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, "Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And preach as you go, saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Reflection:
Do you believe Jesus has chosen you like He has chosen the twelve? Our Lord chooses very ordinary people like you and me to do the extraordinary to share and bring others to Himself. No special education, no special requirements, many times Jesus reaches out to the broken, the weary and even the oppressed to build His Kingdom. Once the Love and Mercy of Jesus is in our hearts, our lives are never the same, they are transformed. That transformation allows our Lord to work through us as we share our faith, our story and our love for our Lord and His Mother with others.

Who Were the Occupations of The 12 Apostles?
1.     Andrew - Fisherman
2.     Bartholomew or Nathanael - Scholar
3.     James the elder - Tradesman
4.     James the lesser – Kid in the Village
5.     John - Fisherman
6.     Judas Iscariot – Traitor (Treasurer)
7.     Jude or Thaddeus – Kid in the Village
8.     Matthew or Levi – Tax Collector
9.     Peter – Fisherman
10.Philip – Preacher
11.Simon the Zealot – Into Politics
12.Thomas – Kid in The Village
 

How did the 12 Apostle’s die?
1.     Andrew - Crucified on an X-shaped cross
2.     Bartholomew or Nathanael - Flayed alive with knives
3.     James the elder - First apostle martyred
4.     James the lesser - Sawn in pieces
5.     John - Died of natural causes on the isle of Patmos
6.     Judas Iscariot - Hung himself
7.     Jude or Thaddeus - Killed with arrows
8.     Matthew or Levi - Martyred in Ethiopia
9.     Peter - Crucified upside-down on a cross
10.Philip - Died by hanging
11.Simon the Zealot - Died a martyr’s death
12.Thomas - Killed with a spear

“You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them.” -St. Therese of Lisieux

“No earthly pleasures, no kingdoms of this world can benefit me in any way. I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire.” -St. Ignatius of Antioch

“He who trusts himself is lost.  He who trusts in God can do all things.” – St. Alphonsus Liguori 

“You cannot please both God and the world at the same time.  They are utterly opposed to each other in their thoughts, their desires, and their actions.” -St. John Vianney


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And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS