"When he came down from the mountain, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose twelve." Lk 6:13
Almost everyone has a conversion experience or three. Struggling for an identity or reflecting on the scriptures, there is a moment that stops us and reminds us who we are. Though it is not always life changing, it can be. When the Apostles heard Jesus invitation to follow him, they knew who they were and who they were called to be.
The same was true for St Paul when he was blinded by a great light and heard a voice telling him:"I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting." (Acts 22:8) Unable to see because of the great light, his companions led him into Damascus where Ananias healed him of his blindness and told him to return to Jerusalem and be baptized. Not long afterwards God told Paul to leave Jerusalem and go to the Gentiles among whom he would find his life's mission.
Jesus calls each of us by name. Are we listening? Will we ask for the faith to respond?
Today, thank someone who increased your faith?
Do you think you have an obligation to invite others to follow Jesus and the Gospel?