October 28, 2016

Simon and Jude

October 28, 2016:  SS. Simon and Jude, Apostles

  • 'Stone' tie pin:  You're members of God's household, built on Christ as capstone (1st reading)
  • 'Dove' pin:  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 shirt:  Color of apostles' feast


Pope Francis homily
Jesus went up to spend the night in prayer; then the rest followed:  crowds, choosing disciples, healing, casting out demons…  Jesus is praying; he prayed then and continues to pray for the Church.  The cornerstone of the Church is our Lord interceding to the Father on our behalf, praying for us.  We pray to him, but the key is that he prays for us.
Jesus always prayed for his followers, be it at the Last Supper or before performing a miracle such as the raising of Lazarus; and he ended his life in prayer.  Jesus praying for us, for me, is our security, our foundation, our cornerstone.  I'm certain Jesus is in front of the Father praying for me by name.  Jesus in prayer is the cornerstone of the Church.
Before his Passion, Jesus told Peter he'd been praying for him to withstand Satan’s temptation and hold firm.  What he told him, he tells each of us:  "I've prayed for you, and I'm praying for you now."  This gives us a great sense of security.  I belong to a community that’s solid because Jesus is its cornerstone, praying for us.  Reflect on the mystery of the Church; we're a building with Jesus as its foundation, Jesus praying for us, for me.

  • 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.
      • Creighton:  The apostles followed Jesus, sensing in him something wonderful, awaited, special, and appealing.  Jesus called them to become the New Israel.  Jesus called ordinary people.  We too are ordinary, but special because we're called.  We need only say yes to God's loving call and follow Jesus....
        SS. Simon and Jude
      • Passionist:  As fellow citizens, we join Simon, Jude, and the other apostles, called to take care of God’s people.  The works of mercy remind us of the needs of the poor, immigrants, refugees, the sick, disabled, homeless, lonely, disenfranchised, and forgotten.  May we help all created in God's image....
      • DailyScripture.net:  "Jesus chose twelve apostles":  Jesus chose 12 ordinary people as his friends and apostles, nonprofessionals, common people, sans wealth, position, special education, or social advantages; he wanted people who could follow him well.  When the Lord calls, don't shrink back thinking you have nothing to offer; he uses us for greatness in his kingdom.  People came to Jesus because they heard what he did and wanted healing. Jesus offers true freedom to all who seek him with faith....
        • Jude (Thaddeus), apostle, at the Last Supper asked Jesus why he showed himself only to the disciples; patron saint of lost and desperate causes.

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