Faithful to Our Lord
Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
Feast of Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles
I will be humble and supportive today in the "supporting roles" that I have.
by Fr Steven Reilly, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Feast of Saint Simon and Saint
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. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to grow in love for your holy
Help me, Lord, to persevere, like the Apostles.
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
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 follow him.
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
I will be humble and supportive today in the "supporting roles"
that I have.
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