Jesus departed with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him; hearing all that he was doing, they came to him in great numbers from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, and the region around Tyre and Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him; for he had cured many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him. Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and shouted, "You are the Son of God!" But he sternly ordered them not to make him known.
He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons. So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot. Mark 3:7-19a
Up the Mountain
The crowds press in around him
healing and wholeness they seek
their broken hands and hearts
reach out to the savior of the world.
We cannot always see the broken parts
the polish and shine seem genuine
inside they are breaking and bleeding
reaching for the savior of the world.
Some reach for cosmetics and pills
others attempt to drown their sorrows
many put others down to feel better
not reaching for the savior of the world.
We are all groaning on the inside
torn with shame, with guilt and with pain
we wish to touch the hem of his garment
reaching out for the savior of the world.
Going up the mountian he apppointed twelve
and going from this world he appointed us all
to hear the cries of the poor and broken
helping them reach the savior of the world.