- Mk 3:13-19
- The Mission of the Twelve
OTHER HOMILY SOURCES from Fr. Benny Tuazon
2021 Fr. Benny Tuazon
(Mk.3:13-19) Friday of the Second Week In Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus calls His apostles. God’s plan was to choose men who would be with Jesus and be witnesses to everything He would say and do. He would empower them and give them authority. Later, these apostles will serve as the foundation of the Church which would be tasked with proclaiming the Good News of salvation and baptized everyone in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
After Jesus died, the apostles continued the work of salvation guided by the Holy Spirit. As eyewitnesses to Jesus’ life and ministry, they testified to Jesus’s teachings. Later, when they were dying, they began writing their testimonies which became the deposits of faith. What were written were known to Scriptures and the unwritten ones were named as Tradition. Even St. John the evangelist, in the conclusion of his Gospel wrote, “It is this disciple who testifies to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.” We believe that The written word is complete and enough for salvation. Tradition compliments it by providing contexts and further understanding of Scriptures.
God’s grace definitely worked in and with the apostles. They were not all very learned and experienced preachers or religious leaders. But they were chosen by Jesus because He knew they will be responsible, committed, and faithful. Even Judas was qualified but his greed prevailed upon him. The three years with Jesus were not enough to convert him. Peter also was weak at one time. But he repented and was again trusted by the Lord Jesus. He was even chosen to lead the apostles, and later, the Church. We thank the apostles for preserving and transmitting the deposits of faith. It is clear now that the responsibility rests on our shoulders. Led by the pope, bishops, priests, and committed lay persons, all of us baptized should continue the tradition of transmitting the deposits of faith to the next generation. We preach God’s Word in season and out of season. We are the present apostles.