He went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him. He appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons: (he appointed the Twelve:) Simon, whom he named Peter; James, son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder; Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus; Thaddeus, Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.
Can this list be viewed as anything except sheer mercy? On the one hand, who of the Apostles or who of us can be considered worthy of preaching and driving out demons with the Lord? On the other hand, individually, none of the Apostles seem worthy for very much. The most obvious example would be Judas Iscariot. JESUS KNEW HE WAS GOING TO BETRAY HIM, AND STILL HE CHOSE HIM. What is that but the “Mystery of Mercy” that Pope Francis often speaks of? Thanks be to God!