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Monday, October 28, 2013

Sts. Simon and Jude

(1st c. AD)  


Ordinary Time: October 28th





Apostles Simon and Jude both preached the Gospel in Mesopotamia and Persia.

St. Simon is represented in art with a saw, the instrument of his martyrdom. St. Jude's square points him out as an architect of the house of God. St. Paul called himself by this name; and St. Jude, by his Catholic Epistle, has also a special right to be reckoned among our Lord's principal workmen. But our apostle had another nobility, far surpassing all earthly titles: being nephew, by his father Cleophas or Alpheus, to St. Joseph, and legal cousin to the Man-God, Jude was one of those called by their compatriots the brethren of the carpenter's Son. We may gather from St. John's Gospel another precious detail concerning him. In the admirable discourse at the close of the last Supper, our Lord said: "He that loveth Me, shall be loved of My Father: and I will love him and will manifest Myself to him." Then Jude asked Him: "Lord, how is it, that Thou wilt manifest Thyself to us, and not to the world?" And he received from Jesus this reply: "If any one love Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and will make Our abode with him. He that loveth Me not, keepeth not My word. And the word which you have heard is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me."

—Excerpted from The Liturgical Year, Abbot Gueranger O.S.B.    

Source: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2013-10-28

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