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Feasts of Saints Simon and Jude
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Jesus went up to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles.
If you ever wondered if the lives of the Apostles were made-up stories, then today’s saints offer some strong evidence to suggest otherwise. We know very little about the lives of Saints Simon and Jude. Apparently, no one ever took the time to “make-up” a story about their lives.
What we do know for sure is that Simon’s friends nicknamed him ”the zealot”; that is, a passionate and uncompromising man. Knowing that, I am convinced he must have been the unassuming type of Apostle, a Lone Ranger of sorts, working closely, one-on-one, with simple people. Unlike Paul, he never took the time to write letters or have someone keep a journal or diary for him and for posterity. Hence, to me, it seems a bit unfair to label St. Paul the greatest Apostle EVER simply because he wrote more than the others and therefore we know him better than the others. We will know the truth one day, when we are in heaven, and chances are it will not matter one way or the other.
What matters most is that we are passionate for the Lord and uncompromising in His Will.
Are you passionate? Are you zealous for God?
This morning someone forwarded me an article written in The Guardian regarding Islam in England. It turns out that approximately 5,000 people (mostly women) convert each year to Islam. This is interesting, considering how secular England has become. Some of the converts grew up in atheistic families. Most of them came from non-practicing religious households. All of them were introduced to Islam by a friend or work associate.
When will you start talking to your friends about the Lord, especially to non-Christian friends? When will stop giving up so quickly? When will you reject the mindless and bogus nonsense that you should never (or are not allowed to) share your faith with others?
The world is changing, and it will change with or without you, and for better or for worse. You can make a difference, a big difference, one soul at a time. Start today. Make a difference. Get involved. Share your love for Jesus Christ. We have something special here. We know someone very special. We have the King of Love with us. What are you waiting for? Get moving. Get going. The Church does not need you more than the world needs you! Especially in today’s ruthless and cut-throat society.
I know people who get upset when someone takes their parking spot. Do you get upset when you read what celebrities or bloggers are saying about our faith? It’s one thing to ignore Jesus Christ. It’s another thing to publically mock Jesus Christ and His Church. Stand up. Make some calls. Write some comments. Get involved. Make a difference.
Their message goes out through all the earth. Does yours? (51)
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