Although today’s gospel doesn’t say so explicitly, Jesus’ night in prayer does seem to have been in service of selecting his twelve apostles. That he seems to have made a poor choice in choosing Judas Iscariot can be both comforting and disconcerting. Comforting because for us discerning the Father’s will and choosing the best course of action can sometimes be extremely difficult—despite fervent prayer. However, it is also disconcerting because we typically don’t associate making mistakes and wrong choices with Jesus the Son of God. Perhaps though we shouldn’t judge Judas solely by the outcome of his life and the choices he made. Jesus may well have seen the great potential in him and in calling him afforded him the opportunity to realize that potential while respecting his freedom to do otherwise. Another reminder, perhaps, that God’s foreknowledge does not impinge on our freedom or dictate what we will do and what choices we will make—foreknowledge of our actions is dictated by what we will do rather than our actions being dictated by foreknowledge.