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Carrying the gospel with us

Posted in Uncategorized by Mike on October 28, 2008

Today’s gospel reading:

Luke 6:12-16

Jesus went up to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God.  When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

Reflection on the gospel:  In today’s gospel reading, Jesus prepares to make an important decision.  But before he does it, he gives himself over to God in prayer.  We often act in haste without consultation with God.  The gospel recommends to us to bring our concerns to God before we act.

Saint of the day:  Today is the Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, the apostles.  Jude was the son of Cleophas, who died a martyr and Mary who stood at the foot of the Cross.  Mary was one of the women who annointed Christ’s body after death. Brother of Saint James the Lesser; nephew of Mary and Joseph; blood relative of Jesus Christ, and reported to look a lot like him. He hay have been a fisherman.  He was a writer of a canonical letter. He preached in Syria, Mesopotamia, and Persia with Saint Simon.   His patronage of lost or impossible causes traditionally derives from confusion by many early Christians between Jude and Judas; not understanding the difference between the names, they never sought through prayer Jude’s help, and devotion to him became something of a lost cause.  Tradition says he was beaten to death with a club, then beheaded post-mortem in 1st century Persia.  Simon was an    Apostle who evangelized in Egypt and Mesopotamia. Several places claim to have been the site of his martyrdom.  The Abbyssinians claim he was crucified in Samaria; Lipsius says he was sawn in half at Suanir, Persia; Moses of Chorene writes that he was martyred at Weriosphora in Iberia; many locations claim to have relics.

Spiritual reading:  He received us with joy. We felt remorse about being forced to carry out the order of his execution, because we revered him as a very good and innocent man. He constantly preached to us about the Christian religion. In prison we always saw him praying to his God with a joyful countenance.  (Statement by the Executioners of Saint Joachim Royo Pèrez)

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