A CRUSADE FOR EVERYONE
Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter), James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”), Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
MARK 3, 13-19 (NIV)
Today, as we delve into the Gospel according to Mark, we observe a scene that could very well unfold in our own times. Imagine Jesus deciding to choose His team. He doesn't go to the temple, nor does He look among the scholars of the Scripture. Instead, He looks at fishermen, a tax collector, and even a man who would one day betray Him. Doesn't this look like picking teams on a schoolyard?