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Is it coincidence that there were 12 tribes of Israel and 12 apostles?

There is significance in the fact there were 12 tribes and 12 apostles. In Matthew Jesus promises the disciples, "[W]hen the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory, will [you] yourselves sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel" (Matthew 19:28). In the Last Supper account Luke also has Jesus telling the apostles the Father will confer a kingdom on them that they may eat and drink at his table in his kingdom "and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel" (Luke 22:29-30).

In Revelation John describes the new heaven and the new earth and he describes the new Jerusalem. There are 12 gates to the new Jerusalem and 12 angels stand at the gates. On the wall are inscribed the names of the 12 tribes of Israelites. The wall has 12 stone foundations and the names of the Twelve Apostles of the Lamb are inscribed on each foundation (Revelation 21). The Church and its members are the New Israel.

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Monday, March 18, 2013
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Visitation: This is a fairly late feast, going back only to the 13th or 14th century. It was established widely throughout the Church to pray for unity. The present date of celebration was set in 1969 in order to follow the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25) and precede the Nativity of John the Baptist (June 24). 
<p>Like most feasts of Mary, it is closely connected with Jesus and his saving work. The more visible actors in the visitation drama (see Luke 1:39-45) are Mary and Elizabeth. However, Jesus and John the Baptist steal the scene in a hidden way. Jesus makes John leap with joy—the joy of messianic salvation. Elizabeth, in turn, is filled with the Holy Spirit and addresses words of praise to Mary—words that echo down through the ages. </p><p>It is helpful to recall that we do not have a journalist’s account of this meeting. Rather, Luke, speaking for the Church, gives a prayerful poet’s rendition of the scene. Elizabeth’s praise of Mary as “the mother of my Lord” can be viewed as the earliest Church’s devotion to Mary. As with all authentic devotion to Mary, Elizabeth’s (the Church’s) words first praise God for what God has done to Mary. Only secondly does she praise Mary for trusting God’s words. </p><p>Then comes the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). Here Mary herself (like the Church) traces all her greatness to God.</p> American Catholic Blog Someone once told Pope Francis that his words had inspired him to give a lot more to the poor. Pope Francis’s response was to challenge the man not to just give money, but to roll up his sleeves, get his hands dirty, and actually reach out and help.

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