Monday, September 10, 2012

Jesus Called Them

Jesus Called Them

 September 11, 2012
Tuesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

By  Beth DeCristofaro

… now you have had yourselves washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.  (1 Corinthians 11)

Jesus departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve … (Luke 6:12)


God is our refuge and our strength,
an ever-present help in distress.
Thus we do not fear, though earth be shaken
and mountains quake to the depths of the sea,
Though its waters rage and foam
and mountains totter at its surging.
“Be still and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
exalted on the earth.”
The LORD of hosts is with us;
our stronghold is the God of Jacob.
            (from Psalm 46)


In late May, early June, 12 women answered the call to depart for the mountain and pray.  They said “yes” to being apostles, as the footnote to the gospel states:  “’Apostle’ becomes a technical term in early Christianity for a missionary sent out to preach the word of God.” [i]  Their formation began in June.  The have stilled themselves to hear the Word and let it grace them into action as a team.  And their formation has allowed them to hear the Word from each other and called them to leaven the Word through their actions.

This Thursday, 16 women will also answer the call to depart to the beautiful mountains of Western Virginia to pray with God.  They will experience God’s word in silence, laughter, tears, insight, reconciliation, liturgy, feasting, letting go, renewing, learning, sharing, and being vulnerable to the Spirit’s outpouring.   The Word will walk within and among them.


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