To read the texts click on the texts:1 Corinthians 6,1-11; Lk 6, 12-19
By placing the appointment of the Twelve
immediately after the controversies with the Pharisees (6,1-11) and the
dramatic distinction between old and new (5,36-39), Luke presents the
appointment of the Twelve as the constitution of a new nucleus for the people
of God, perhaps in deliberate succession to the twelve tribes of Israel. The
conflicts between Jesus and the scribes and Pharisees have already shown that
they represent the old and that, therefore, they are no more fit for leadership
in the kingdom than old wineskins for new wine.
Luke makes special mention of the
personal prayer of Jesus at all the important events in his life, and so Luke
portrays Jesus as praying before his baptism, before his temptation, after a
hard days work of preaching, teaching and healing and just before his choice of
the Twelve. Jesus knows that even though humans will be weak and fail, even
though they will deny and betray him again and again, he would still want them
to collaborate with him in bringing about the kingdom.
The choice of the Twelve is a text that
offers each of us a lot of hope and consolation. This is because we are aware
of what Jesus could accomplish even with such a motley band of men. Since he
did so much with and through them, he can do the same with and through us.