1 Sm 24:3-21; Ps 57; Mk 3:13-19

Jesus summoned those whom he wanted, and they came to him.
Today, Jesus designates his Twelve, his apostles, a motley crew, to be sure, including Judas Iscariot, who later betrayed him, lest anyone assume their incorruptibility. But no women are mentioned. His mother was in a separate category. Mary Magdalene would receive her commission at the empty tomb. Paul, a late-comer himself, would be schooled by other women, like Prisca and Phoebe, all over the Mediterranean Basin. You might say Pope Francis is taking Romans 16, the grand catalog of collaborators, as his modus operandi to enlist anyone and everyone into the mission of the church. Meanwhile, is Jesus summoning me? Does Jesus want me?
Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge!