Introductory Prayer: Lord, I place this time of
meditation in your hands. I believe that you are my Creator and Redeemer. I hope in your goodness
and mercy. I love you from the depths of my heart. I place this time of meditation in your hands. I
tThank you for giving me this opportunity to grow in love for your holy will.
Help me, Lord, to persevere, like the Apostles.
1. Impossible Cases: Saint Jude
is known as the patron of impossible cases. He was a relative of Our Lord himself and wrote one of
the letters in the New Testament. The fact that he is the patron of impossible cases means, of
course, that nothing is impossible with God. What is that one “impossible” thing for me right now?
What spiritual mountain do I think is too high to climb? Is it really so “impossible” or do I just
need to trust more and work harder?
2. Zeal for the Right Kingdom: Saint Simon was called a
Zealot. Zealots were a group of people known for politically agitating the Roman occupiers. If Simon
belonged to that group, then he certainly had a steep learning curve to absorb Jesus’ message about
the true, spiritual Kingdom of God. The fact that he’s listed among the Apostles means that Christ
recognized his ability to change. Perhaps Saint Simon could be a patron saint for attitude change --
then his being teamed up with Saint Jude makes perfect sense. Getting over our own petty attachments
and ways of seeing things can seem like a fairly “impossible case” in itself. But the Apostles are
proof that Christ is more powerful than our defects, as long as we have the effective desire to
3. Supporting Roles: When we think of the apostles, Simon and Jude are never
the first ones we name. However, not everyone needs to be a headliner to be a rock-solid
contributor. That’s who Simon and Jude were: men loyal to Christ and who persevered in the mission
that he entrusted to them. We don’t need to be stars, just faithful!
Conversation with Christ: Lord,
you didn’t pick superstars of this world to be your Apostles, but they became something infinitely
greater: saints. Help me to believe in the power of your grace to transform me and make me
Resolution: I will be humble and supportive today in the “supporting roles”
that I have.