Today the Church celebrates the feast day of two men chosen by Christ to be his apostles: Saints Simon & Jude. The details of their lives are sparse. However, the details we do have provide insight into our lives today.
The gospels refer to Simon as “the zealot.” This refers not to his political affiliation, but to his zeal for the Mosaic Law, which he practiced fervently before Christ called him to be his apostle. In our time there are indeed many who are zealous. Simon, however, shows what it is truly important to be zealous about: the New Law of Grace which God places on our hearts—not party platforms or political affiliations.
At the Last Supper, Jude asked Our Lord why he showed himself only the apostles and not the whole world. We might ask ourselves, why has Christ’s love filled our hearts and not those of others? Our Lord’s response to Jude is meant for us also:
“Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me” (John 14: 23-24).
Saints Simon and Jude, pray for us!