October 28, 2015

Simon and Jude

October 28, 2015:  Simon and Jude, Apostles


  • 'Stone' tie pin: You're members of God's household, built on Christ as capstone (1st reading)
  • 'Holy Spirit' chain:  You're being built into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit (1st reading)
  • 'Airplane' tie pin, 'Earth' tie:  "Their message goes out through all the earth." (psalm)
  • 'Phone' tie bar:  Jesus 'called' his disciples (gospel)
  • Red in shirt and tie:  Color of apostles' feast

Listen

  • Eph 2:19-22  You're no longer strangers and sojourners but fellow citizens, members of God's household, with Christ as capstone.  Through him the structure grows into a temple; in him you're being built into a dwelling place of God.
  • Ps 19:2-5  "Their message goes out through all the earth."  The heavens declare God's glory.
  • Lk 6:12-16  Jesus spent the night in prayer, then called his 12 'Apostles':  Simon whom he named Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James, Simon (called a Zealot), Judas, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Reflect
    • Creighton:  Jesus prayed for guidance as he chose the Apostles.  Do I get impatient with prayer and discernment before decisions?  Am I biased, or not invested, or stuck?  Lord, give me faith in the process of making good decisions, patience with discerning your will, and detachment from whatever pulls me farther from you. 
    • One Bread One Body:  "A foundational teaching":  Jesus never offered the "Me 'n' God" option (e.g. without Church/community).  Jesus laid the Church's foundation on the apostles, and "no one can lay a foundation other than the one that has been laid, namely Jesus Christ."  We need to make our home solid, built on the Rock.  We're "living stones" on this foundation to form the Church, which endures because of its foundation, not because of faulty stones.  Build your life on the Rock, Jesus, and the foundation he laid.
    • Passionist:  Simon and Jude were disciples of Jesus who shared a missionary journey to—and martyrdom in–Persia, where faith in Christ remains a risk and martyrs are a contemporary witness.  As fellow citizens and members of God's household, we're called to emulate Simon and Jude and all the saints.  The danger of our martyrdom may be low, but we're asked to endure other sufferings for the gospel such as ridicule and disdain.  We're called to be the face of Jesus in a world injustice, violence, and suffering are pervasive.  We're asked to live as a follower of Christ in a culture often counter to the gospel.  Jesus gives us an example of how to combat the sins of indifference in society and even our churches:  in preparing to name the apostles, he stops to pray.  We don't always give God what he deserves....
    • DailyScripture.net:  "Jesus chose twelve apostles":  Jesus chose twelve ordinary people to be his friends and apostles.  Jesus wanted people who could take an assignment and do it well.   When the Lord calls us to serve, we must not shrink because we don't think we have enough to offer.  The Lord uses what we have for greatness in his kingdom.  Jesus offers freedom to all who seek him with faith. Do I respond to Jesus with faith and trust?
      • Jude (Thaddeus), apostle, at the Last Supper asked Jesus why he showed himself only to the disciples; patron saint of lost and desperate causes.  See Wikipedia.