The Model of Simon and Jude

Today the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of Saints Simon and Jude, two of the apostles about whom we hear very little. Nonetheless, I feel some special connection to them because my childhood parish and grade school in Brooklyn, New York, was Sts. Simon and Jude. I can’t remember receiving any special teaching about these saints in school. All I could ever glean about them was what I learned from the words of the song our music teacher, Sr. Joseph Edward taught us to sing on this feast day.  The first verse of the song was:

Saints Simon and Jude,
chosen friends of the Lord,
Whose spirit and zeal
Sought his undying Word.
Christ’s valiant apostles,
we greet you with love,
O teach us the way,
To the kingdom above.

The first couple of lines of the second verse, which neither me nor any of my grade school friends can remember any more of was:

You offered your lives
that we might be free
From Satan’s dark wiles
and from his tyranny….

So all I know about Simon and Jude is (1) they were chosen by Jesus; (2) they had zeal for the task to which they were appointed; (3) they were valiant, a word we don’t tend to use, so I replace it with courage and determination; and (4) they were willing to give all for the sake of God’s Kingdom.

The first of those – being chosen – is true of all of us: we are all called by Christ.

The remaining qualities – zeal, courage, determination, willingness to give all – are what we all might strive for in carrying out our task to build God’s Kingdom.  And so that is my prayer for us on this feast day of Saints Simon and Jude, that we may grow in these qualities.

 

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One thought on “The Model of Simon and Jude

  1. Hi Susan
    St. Jude is one of my favorites. My Mom belonged to a ‘guild’ of St. Jude Thaddeus when at my home parish. And he is the Saint that is traditionally called on in ‘Impossible situations”
    This entry from the web says it all: “Saint Jude, sometimes known as Saint Jude Thaddeus, was one of the original apostles of Christ….He was known for preaching the gospel in particularly difficult circumstances. As such, he became the patron saint of “hopeless cases, and things almost despaired of.”
    Thanks so much Susan for letting us know about his and Simon’s feast day

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