Now during those days, Jesus went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles. (Luke 6:12-13)
Then Ananias said to Saul, “The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear his own voice; for you will be his witness to all the world of what you have seen and heard. And now why do you delay? Get up, be baptized, and have your sins washed away, calling on his name.” (Acts 22:14-16)
We hear this morning from both books in Luke’s “orderly account” — the Gospel that bears his name and the Book of Acts — about the naming of Jesus’ first apostles and the dramatic conversion of Saul, who became Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles.
Being an apostle implies both a close relationship to Jesus and a mission to share his message.
If we are in relationship with Jesus, we will do what he does — spend the night in prayer to God and follow the way of the cross, which we will find is “none other than the way of life and peace” (BCP 99).
If we are sent on a mission like Paul, we will not delay but will instead live into our baptism now by sharing the Good News of what the living Lord is doing in our lives.
Immediately after reading the lessons in either Morning or Evening Prayer, we recite the Apostles’ Creed, the early baptismal creed of the church.
Every day, twice a day, we reconnect to the very first apostles of Jesus Christ and pledge ourselves — using the same words their followers used — to share in their mission.
“Glory to God, whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.” (BCP 102)