Today’s Gospel, from St Mark, gives us the calling of the first disciples: ‘And he went up into the hills, and called to him those whom he desired; and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, to be with him, and to be sent out to preach and have authority to cast out demons: Simon whom he surnamed Peter; James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, whom he surnamed Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder; Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him’.

‘To be with Him and to be sent out …’ – in a way, this is the sum total of all Christian discipleship. In our daily prayer we can be with Him at all times, for He lives in our soul. This ‘being with’ flows out into our contact with our neighbour. As the Flemish mystic Jan van Ruysbroeck expressed it: ‘This flowing forth of God always demands a flowing back; for God is a Sea that ebbs and flows, pouring without ceasing into all His beloved according to the need and the merits of each, and ebbing back again with all those who have been thus endowed both in heaven and on earth, with all that they have and all that they can’. May God bless your ‘being with’ Him this day, its outflowing and its flowing back into Him.