Called and Sent
Memorial of Ss. Simon and Jude, Apostles
The word “apostle” from the Greek word apostolos, which means “messenger.” The New Testament authors make a distinction between those who were disciples of Jesus, those who were apostles, and those who were among the Twelve. Simon and Jude were both apostles and among the Twelve. St. Paul was an apostle, but he was not among the Twelve.
As messengers of Jesus, Simon and Jude carried the gospel to other parts of the world. According to tradition, Simon preached in Persia and Egypt. Jude also preached in Persia as well as Palestine. Tradition also tells us that they both received the crown of martyrdom. That is why we wear red.
Our readings today remind us of some important things. First, the apostles were chosen by Jesus for a particular ministry. Each of us has also been chosen by Jesus. We have a common baptism and we are all disciples of Jesus.
But each of us also has a particular vocation. We are parents, spouses, grandparents, catechists, religious, priests, music ministers, etc. We also share the call to be messengers of the gospel.
Second, with the prophets, the apostles are also part of our spiritual foundation. Their ministry continues today, especially in the bishops and pope.
Third, our vocations and our church are held together by Jesus Christ. He is our capstone. He is our model. He is our savior. Through the intercession of Saints Simon and Jude, we pray that we will grow as faithful followers of Jesus and messengers of the gospel.