Saint of the Week:
Sts. Simon & Jude, the Apostles
“But you, beloved, remember the words spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ… Build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. On those who waver, have mercy…”
FEAST DAY: October 28
PATRON SAINT of (St. Simon) curriers and sawmen; (St. Jude) desperate situations, forgotten and impossible causes, and hospitals
Have you ever been chosen to do something important? Did you feel honoured, surprised, or nervous? Did you feel like you weren’t qualified or equipped for a task so great? Some of Jesus’ apostles can probably relate to that feeling. Simon the Zealot and Jude Thaddeus were two unlikely candidates who, along with 10 other men, were chosen by Jesus to be his apostles and proclaim the Kingdom of God to all people.
While Jude was most likely a fisherman by trade, Simon was a Zealot — a Jewish group who believed that the promise of the Messiah meant a free and independent Jewish nation; however, many acted more like terrorists who raided, killed and incited riots.
Simon and Jude followed Jesus, lived with him, fled when he underwent his Passion, and rejoiced when he rose from the dead. At Pentecost they were filled with the Spirit and a burning desire to spread the Good News to all. Jude traveled to Mesopotamia to preach, and Simon went to Egypt. Eventually they both ended up in Persia (modern-day Iran) where they worked together evangelizing the people until they were both martyred.
PRAYER TO ST. SIMON
O Glorious St. Simon, you were a cousin of Jesus and a devoted follower as well. You were called “the Zealot,” indicating that you were willing to give your life for your religion and your freedom as a human person. Obtain for us the grace to be willing to give our lives for Christ and to labor for the freedom and peace that only God can give. Help us to spend ourselves for God on earth and be received by him in eternal bliss in heaven. Amen.
ST. JUDE PRAYER FOR ADDICTION
God of life, You made me in Your perfect image, to live in Your love and to give You glory, honour and praise. Open my heart to Your healing power. Come, Lord Jesus, calm my soul just as you whispered “Peace” to the stormy sea.
St. Jude, most holy Apostle, in my need I reach out to you. I beg you to intercede for me that I may find strength to overcome my illness. Bless all those who struggle with addiction. Touch them, heal them, reassure them of the Father’s constant love.
Remain at my side, St. Jude, to chase away all evil temptations, fears, and doubts. May the quiet assurance of your loving presence illuminate the darkness in my heart and bring lasting peace. Amen.