In today’s Gospel, we have St Luke’s account of the choosing of the apostles by Jesus: ‘In these days he went out into the hills to pray; and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called his disciples, and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles; Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor’.

It is telling that the Son of Man spent the whole night in prayer before calling to Himself those who would be closest to Him, and who would be those who would carry His message of salvation to the ends of the earth.

All our major decisions are meant to be rooted in prayer – as were Jesus’ own – we may recall also His prayer in Gethsemane before His death.

May we learn something of His own depth of prayer, as we persevere in this most vital and crucial aspect of Christian life, and may God bless you this day.