Jesus Calls Together His Friends

Jesus went up on the hillside near Capernaum and called to him the men

whom he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve to be with him

and to go out to preach, with power to cast out evil spirits. These were

the twelve disciples: Simon to whom he gave also the name Peter, James

the son of Zebedee and John his brother, whom he called "Sons of

Thunder," Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of

/> Alphaeus, Thaddeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who at last

betrayed him.

Then Jesus went into a house and the crowd gathered again so that it was

impossible even to eat a meal. When his relatives heard of this, they

set out to get hold of him, for they said, "He is out of his mind."

Standing outside, his mother and his brothers sent word to him to come

out to them. He was in the midst of a crowd seated about him when some

one said to him, "Here are your mother and your brothers and sisters

outside hunting for you." He answered, "Who are my mother and my

brothers?" Then looking around at those who sat in a circle about him,

he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of

God is my brother and sister and mother."