I read this passage the other day:
Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil[a] spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness. 2 Here are the names of the twelve apostles:
First, Simon (also called Peter),
then Andrew (Peter’s brother),
James (son of Zebedee),
John (James’s brother),
Matthew (the tax collector),
James (son of Alphaeus),
4 Simon (the zealot,
Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).
(From Matthew 10: 1 – 4)
In all my years of working in the church and doing bible studies etc, I must admit…
I’ve never “heard” about the 6th and 10th disciples. Bartholomew and Thaddaeus. Have you?
There’s something in that. It resonates in my soul. They were the quiet disciples. But they were still in Jesus’ group of 12.
What does that tell you? What can we learn from that? Sit with that for awhile. “Behind the scenes” kind of followers. No books about them. Maybe they wrote a book, but it never made the holy canon? Who knows?
But I like that. Unknown to us but known by Jesus.