Now during those days he went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, and James, and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Simon, who was called the Zealot, and Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
We take a break from the 30th week of Ordinary Time to celebrate the feast of two apostles, Sts. Simon and Jude. Their feast is joined today because their names are together in St. Luke’s gospel. The invitation is for us to remember that Jesus called his twelve Apostles after a period of prayer. What things do you do that would require your prayer beforehand?
In the Gospels, we are told some things about some of the Apostles. We are not told anything regarding the lives of these two. These apostles are called to remind us that they are ordinary people living ordinary lives. Jesus calls them to live ordinary lives in extraordinary ways. Would Jesus have called you to live extraordinarily? What might that mean to you as a follower of Jesus?
Will you accept today’s challenge to live life in extraordinary ways? May you be blessed.
—Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ, is director of Adult Spirituality Programs at Creighton Preparatory School, Omaha, NE.
O God, who by the blessed Apostles have brought us to acknowledge your name, graciously grant, through the intercession of Saints Simon and Jude, that the Church may constantly grow by increase of the peoples who believe in you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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