GOSPEL READING: Mk 3:13-19
Jesus had come into the world with the mission. His mission was to bring in the kingdom of God. Though it was a mission given to him he did not do it alone by himself. As he began his mission he realized the mission was enormous he could not do it alone. He needed the assistance of others and people who were in the world.
As the Gospels present he chose twelve men. This choice proved that Jesus remained within the culture of Jews. Twelve was to represent the twelve tribes of Israel. Twelve also had the meaning of totality. So the twelve had a link with the past history of Israel and it also signified the completeness and totality of the discipleship.
The twelve did not remain as mere numbers. They had their names which meant that they had their identity. The names signified their personal characters. They had their own lives but by joining with Jesus in the mission of Jesus they added a special colour to their lives and mission.
பன்னிரண்டு திருத்தூதர்கள் அழைக்கப்படுகிறார்கள். அவரோடு வாழவும் அவர் பணியைத் தொடரவுமே. அவர்களுக்கு பெயரிடுதல் இயேசு அவர்கள் மேல் கொண்டுள்ள அதிகாரத்தை வெளிப்படுத்தவே.