Read: Mark 3:1-35
Centering Verse: And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message. (Mark 3:14)
- How do we let religious rules get in the way of God’s power?
- How might we continue the work of the apostles today?
- What do you think it means to blaspheme the Holy Spirit?
- How might you do the will of God in your life?
The word apostle literally means “one who is sent out.” As the crowds increase around Jesus, he is calling certain persons closer to him in order to pour his teaching and power into them, so that they might go out as his representatives. But these are not merely workers or employees in his ministry. Jesus refers to them in a deeper sense of family: these are his brothers and sisters. Ultimately, God’s purpose has always been to form a family of faith. As we are drawn in to the life and love of God’s family, we are then sent out into the world to promote and increase that family. There is no limit to the number of people who can join the family of God. God’s arms are always open for one more embrace. Just as Jesus sent the apostles out to be the extension of that embrace, we are being sent out into our world to love others as representatives of God’s family.
LORD God, who calls us family, unite us in the mission of Jesus Christ and the Church. May we care for one another with a holy love. Amen.