” In those days he 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, whom he also named apostles.” – Luke 6:12-13
Jesus chose an inner circle from among the most common of men. It was done not on a whim, but after a night spent in prayer. He purposefully chose the most diverse group of people, that in nature would never choose to be together. As an example we can examine the choices of Matthew, a tax collector, and Simon the Zealot. Matthew’s occupation made him an enemy (traitor) to the Jews because he extracted payment from them for the Romans. Simon, on the other extreme, was a zealous nationalist, who was sworn to assassinate every traitor and Roman they could. What it must of cost these two to be called by Jesus to break bread together!
In fact, it is only in Jesus where peace is born. Where else can such extremes learn brotherly love and care for one another? I’ve seen this played out in real life in the Canossian Daughters of Charity, an international congregation of religious sisters. There are communities in some regions of the world which house sisters from both sides of cultural, political, social spectrums. They would never choose to live together when their families are sworn enemies, but Jesus makes it possible.
This is perhaps one of Jesus’ greatest miracles, to join together people in His Name despite their differences; it is in the name of Jesus that even the most opposite people can solve the problem of living together.
Today, let us make a point to reach out in our love for Christ to those we would rather not. To choose to be in communion is to choose to be in Christ.
There is no other way for the true Christian, and Jesus had taught us it is not only possible, but necessary.
May God bless you.