today's other readings are Col. 2: 6-15 and Psalm 145
Chosen. The 12 were chosen by Jesus - to be his apostles, persons who much later would be sent - to the world of the Mediterranean, and in the case of Thomas, India, to bring the Good News.
But there was a problem. Peter is impetuous and cowardly. James and his brother John are schemers and ambitious. Thomas is full of doubts. Simon is a political activist. Matthew held the most-hated position in Jewish society - a tax collector. Judas is a thief and ultimately, a betrayer. At first glance, it seems like our Lord chose poorly.
But it is from such as these that the early Chruch emerged. The weaknesses and brokenness of the 12 is transformed by Jesus' saving death, and the later outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Despite our weaknesses and brokenness, Jesus' saving death was also for us. And we too received the Holy Spirit both in your baptism and confirmation. We too were chosen. We just need to act as people who are chosen.