In today’s Gospel reading, we have the names of the twelve apostles: ‘The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him’.


It is a joy that we know that the Church is founded on apostolic foundations, and that the Catholic Church has maintained an unbroken continuity since that time. Frail and weak though these men were, they ‘grew into’ the grace that was given to them during our Lord’s life on earth, and after His resurrection. As St Paul would later write, ‘So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit’.


May God bless you this day, and keep you in His love.