Today we see Jesus sending out the apostles to spread their wings and try a little ministry on their own.
He “summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness.”
That’s pretty important work, and pretty advanced work for a group of people who much of the time seem to not just have trouble understanding Jesus’ instructions, but often behave according to the exact opposite of what he’s trying to teach.
But Jesus, in a spectacular instance of the risk-taking behavior he so often displays, trusts them with significant power and authority.
And what drew my eye as I read it this time was the last name on the list.
“These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.”
Jesus sends Judas out with power over unclean spirits and the ability to cure every disease and sickness.Continue reading