"Who are these 'others' that you referred to?" you ask. "Are they followers of the Master?"

The young man responds, "Yes. They are the disciples of Jesus. Actually, Jesus calls them his apostles; they are closer to him than other followers are, and sometimes he sends them out on special missions. Most are from Galilee, like he is -- I think Judas may be the only one that isn't. (He's called Iscariot because he's from Kerioth, a little south of Hebron.) They have been following him for the last three years, learning wonderful truths from him and watching him perform great miracles. I want to become a disciple myself. I'm going to follow him everywhere he goes, no matter what, just like Simon."

When he sees your questioning look, he explains, "Simon is one of Jesus' closest disciples. I want to be just like him. He'd do anything for Jesus. Jesus even calls him 'Peter' because he's got faith like a rock. That's him over there with James and John, Zebedee's sons." The youth points to the distant group of four men, where Peter is still rubbing the sleep from his eyes.

"Well," he admits, "usually he's a little more animated than that."

He then names the other followers: Andrew ("He's Simon's brother, you know."), Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew ("He used to be a tax collector before Jesus called him."), James ("No, I'm not repeating myself; this James is the son of Alphaeus."), Thaddeus, and Simon the Zealot ("Not to be confused with Simon Peter.").

The youth looks puzzled as he recounts the disciples. "Hmm, that's strange," he says. "There's only eleven here. I don't see Judas anywhere. I wonder where he went?"

Ask him about 'the Master'.
Stop talking with the youth.