Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

St. Simon, by Peter Paul Rubens (c. 1611), from his Twelve Apostles series at the Museo del PradoMadrid

Simon the Zealot (Acts 1:13Luke 6:15) or Simon the Canaanite or Simon the Canaanean (Matthew 10:4Mark 3:18Greek: Σίμων ὁ Κανανίτης; Coptic: ⲥⲓⲙⲱⲛ ⲡⲓ-ⲕⲁⲛⲁⲛⲉⲟⲥ; Classical Syriac: ܫܡܥܘܢ ܩܢܢܝܐ‎)[3] was one of the most obscure among the apostles of Jesus. A few pseudepigraphical writings were connected to him, but Saint Jerome does not include him in De viris illustribus written between 392–393 AD.[4]

Apostle Jude by Anthony van Dyck

Jude, also known as Judas Thaddaeus[4] (Greek: Θαδδαῖος; Coptic: ⲑⲁⲇⲇⲉⲟⲥ; Syriac/Aramaic: ܝܗܘܕܐ ܫܠܝܚܐ),[5] was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus according to the New Testament. He is generally identified with Thaddeus, and is also variously called Jude of JamesJude ThaddaeusJudas Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus. He is sometimes identified with Jude, the brother of Jesus, but is clearly distinguished from Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus prior to his crucifixion. Catholic writer Michal Hunt suggests that Judas Thaddaeus became known as Jude after early translators of the New Testament from Greek into English sought to distinguish him from Judas Iscariot and subsequently abbreviated his forename.[6] Most versions of the New Testament in languages other than English and French refer to Judas and Jude by the same name.[7]





A “throwaway” world

21. Some economic rules have proved effective for growth, but not for integral human development.[16] Wealth has increased, but together with inequality, with the result that “new forms of poverty are emerging”.[17] The claim that the modern world has reduced poverty is made by measuring poverty with criteria from the past that do not correspond to present-day realities. In other times, for example, lack of access to electric energy was not considered a sign of poverty, nor was it a source of hardship. Poverty must always be understood and gauged in the context of the actual opportunities available in each concrete historical period.

What has happened is that some of our number have lost focus.

Bishop Patrick J. Zurek
Father Peter Nguyen Truong Giang, Vietnamese Auxiliary Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Vien of Vinh, center, and local people pose at Hau Thao Chapel in late September. Father Giang, two women religious and lay leaders minister to 1,400 Catholics in remote villages of northwest Vietnam. (CNS photo/courtesy UCA News)
This is the illustration for the OCP’s Parishioner Personal Missal Program. It offers Catholics an opportunity to have their own personal copy of their parish’s missal during the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS illustration/courtesy Colleen Rowan, The Catholic Spirit)
Mass is livestreamed on Facebook by Father Tom Kovatch, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Bloomington, Ind., March 28, 2020. As coronavirus cases spike again, priests are encouraging the faithful who are watching the Mass livestreamed and have no access to the Eucharist to practice “spiritual Communion.” (CNS photo/Katie Rutter)

comfortable catholics in fear zealously build a dwelling place for themselves and do not take the message to the ends of the world

socialist-catholics in fear zealously take their own message through all the earth in an attempt to build an utopian dwelling place for humanity…

maga-catholics in fear zealously build a wall around their dwelling place claiming that america has already done too much in spreading the message to all the earth...

Catholics in LOVE are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit and zealously their message goes out through all the earth!!!

Today’s Scriptures

in him you also are being built together

into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

EPH 2:22

R. (5a) Their message goes out through all the earth.

and to the ends of the world, their message.

PS 19:5

Simon who was called a Zealot,

LK 6:15

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