Apostles in Training

Apostles in Training

 

Imagine being alive in Jesus’ day, waiting for him to visit your town. 

You have heard that this carpenter from Nazareth teaches like no one has ever taught before.  He performs miracles, heals the sick and casts out demons.  He is nearby, and will pass through your town today! 

About midday, two rough-looking fishermen walk into town, introducing themselves as disciples of Jesus.  With great disappointment, you find that he has sent them in his place, rather than coming to your village in person. The two begin to preach about the kingdom of heaven to all who will listen.  To everyone's surprise, they also cure the sick and cast out demons, just like their master! 

Quite often, Jesus would send out the twelve apostles in this way, giving them his authority to teach and perform miracles.  "As you go," he told them, "proclaim this message: “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy. drive out demons." (Matthew 10:7; also Mark 6 and Luke 9.) 

Why would Jesus send weak, sinful human beings to do his work, when he was here on earth and able to go personally?  He was training the apostles for their future roles.  He knew that he would soon return to his heavenly Father, and he planned to continue his ministry through them and their successors until the end of time. 

Before ascending to heaven, he gave the apostles his divine authority and commanded them, "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of time." (Matthew 28)  He even entrusted to them his authority to forgive sins: "As the Father has sent me, I am sending you... Whose sins you forgive are forgiven; whose sins you do not forgive are not forgiven." (John 20:21-23) 

This is an astonishing Scriptural truth: that Jesus chose to work through weak and flawed human beings to continue his ministry on earth until the end of time.  We see this pattern during his own ministry, throughout the Acts of the Apostles, and throughout the history of his Church to this very day.  Through his Church Jesus continues to teach and guide us, to heal and forgive us, until he returns in glory. 

To learn more about the Apostles and the Church, visit CatholicBridge.com. And if you are Catholic and have been away for a while, we want to help welcome you back! 

 

 

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