And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and he passed the whole night in the prayer of God. And when day was come, he called unto him his disciples; and he chose twelve of them (whom also he named apostles). Simon, whom he surnamed Peter, and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alpheus, and Simon who is called Zelotes,
And Jude, the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, who was the traitor. And coming down with them, he stood in a plain place, and the company of his disciples, and a very great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and the sea coast both of Tyre and Sidon, Who were come to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases. And they that were troubled with unclean spirits, were cured. And all the multitude sought to touch him, for virtue went out from him, and healed all.
Luke 6:12-19 (Douay-Rheims)
Dear Father when there are choices to make in life I have found this example of your Sons to be a good one. How he went off to pray alone to you on the mountains, without distractions, where he gave himself fully to you in prayer for the choice of whom will be the ones that will lead your Church. It is this example that teaches me to pray for difficult choices that often need your loving hand to guide. For me it is not only a mountain retreat that brings clarity, but time spent in your presence in Adoration. Where the longing of my heart is to do as those long ago, to reach out and touch you because of the greatness of your love shines through. You bring love and healing to many who come to you with open hearts. May our world come to see the presence of your love in the Eucharist where your heart beats with ours. Amen