†Saint Quote "The Holy Bible is like a mirror before our mind's eye. In it we see our inner face. From the Scriptures we can learn our spiritual deformities and beauties. And there too we discover the progress we are making and how far we are from perfection." –Pope St Gregory the Great
†Today's Meditation "Just as God's creature, the sun, is one and the same the world over, so also does the Church's preaching shine everywhere to enlighten all men who want to come to a knowledge of the truth. Now of those who speak with authority in the churches, no preacher however forceful will utter anything different—for no one is above the Master—nor will a less forceful preacher diminish what has been handed down. Since our faith is everywhere the same, no one who can say more augments it, nor can anyone who says less diminish it." —St. Ignatius of Antioch, p. 194
An Excerpt From Witness of the Saints
†Daily Verse "To the one who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you unblemished and exultant, in the presence of his glory, to the only God, our savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord be glory, majesty, power, and authority from ages past, now, and for ages to come. Amen." –Jude 1:24-25
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Sts. Simon & Jude Thaddeus
St. Jude Thaddeus (1st c.) was a blood relative of Jesus Christ and one of his Twelve Apostles. He was known for his preaching, healing, exorcisms, and his appearance was said to have closely matched that of Jesus'. He is the patron of impossible causes, desperate situations, and hospitals. He also wrote the book of the Bible that bears his name. St. Simon the Zealot (1st c.) was also one of Jesus' Twelve Apostles, but one of the most obscure. He earned his name for being zealous for the honor of Jesus, showing a holy indignation towards those who claimed Christ with their lips while dishonoring him with their manner of life. After the Ascension of Jesus, towards the end of his life, it is believed that St. Simon joined St. Jude to preach the Gospel in Persia, where they were both martyred in 65 A.D. St. Simon the Zealot and St. Jude Thaddeus share a feast day on October 28th. See more about St. Simon.
Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles
Reading I Eph 2:19-22
Brothers and sisters: You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Responsorial Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5
R. (5a) Their message goes out through all the earth. The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge. R. Their message goes out through all the earth. Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard; Through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message. R. Their message goes out through all the earth.
Alleluia See Te Deum
R. Alleluia, alleluia. We praise you, O God, we acclaim you as Lord; the glorious company of Apostles praise you. R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Lk 6:12-16
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: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Daily Meditation: Luke 6:12-16
He called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve. (Luke 6:13)
Jesus had a big decision to make. Who should he choose to be his apostles and carry on his mission? He knew his disciples well, but he also needed to ask his Father for guidance. After a long night in prayer, Jesus chose twelve men, including Simon, called the Zealot, and Jude, also known as Thaddeus. These two lesser-known apostles, whom we honor today, followed Jesus until his death. Then, after witnessing Jesus' resurrection and receiving the Holy Spirit, they went on to proclaim the good news as far as modern-day Turkey, where they died as martyrs.
But notice that before he set apart the apostles for their special purpose, Jesus called all his disciples "to himself" (Luke 6:13). He called all of them to be with him and to learn from him. Their relationship with Jesus had motivated them to leave behind career and family to follow him. His words had captured their hearts. He had given them hope that God's promised Messiah had finally come. Knowing Jesus, hearing him preach, and seeing him heal people and set them free had changed them. So they all gladly chose to spend their lives following in his footsteps.
We admire these first disciples, who made the bold choice to follow Jesus. And of course, we honor the apostles, who carried Jesus' message to the ends of the earth and became the foundation of the Church. But don't forget that Jesus also calls us to be "fellow citizens" with Sts. Simon and Jude and "members of the household of God" (Ephesians 2:19).
Jesus calls you to himself, just as he called his first disciples. He wants you to be with him and learn from him. Every day you have a choice. As you spend time with him, your heart will be warmed by his love. Your desire to share his love with other people will grow. Little by little, Jesus will shape you into a living stone so that you can do your part to build up the Church.
"Jesus, thank you for calling me to yourself. Use me, Lord, to proclaim your love."
Ephesians 2:19-22 Psalm 19:2-5
From today's 1st Holy Scripture: "You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God..."
The evil one really tries to make you feel useless, and worthless. But the opposite is true. You are useful, and you are worth something special to our Lord. He calls us family in His Baptism. And that there then, is a calling to be what we are called to be...a holy family from Heaven on earth.
We pray today; _" The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day pours out the word to day, and night to night imparts knowledge. Their message goes out through all the earth"
Light from light, right? Let us go to the light, to receive the light, and this means life. What if light is life in the next life? It is an interesting thought. I recall Albert Einstein or Dawkins, said that it is possible to have in the universe or universes other living beings made of light.
It is true, because, once I envisioned our Lord's face, super beautiful in a stark background as of a universe and I could zoom in very close and see all his skin, eyes and hair and streaming and alive were beings of light, running in a beautiful pattern as if His blood and atoms were made of light. A body is not needed in this realm, but the body still assumes it's souls' DNA.
In the Gospel today we heard our Master and Teacher: "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"
Notice what our Lord does...He spends a night in prayer, before choosing His 12 tribes, the new 12 tribes to replace the broken past tribes of the old Testament, to take from the old, and to now form the new. The new wine to new wine skins, the very skins of the Apostles that would in turn become so rich that they would burst their skins in martyrdom as they were murdered by children of the dark. And this still happens today. And why does this happen? Because, most, wish they had what the others got, and since they can't find a way, they say, then nobody should have that. And this is a reflection on all of us on...what we should have done. Share. Share the light of Christ. Or else, it will be taken, and given to someone else to share. Does this make sense? It is the story of the talents still. It is the very story of our lives...our loves, and the direction we are heading at every moment, in every thought and move we make...that matters...on earth, as it is in Heaven.
................. Lord, You have chosen me too, through our baptism, to be one with You. I pray we do You justice in our way to be Your Way, this life to be Thy Life. Forever and ever. ...............................................
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Random Bible Verse 1 Matthew 5:14–16
14 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that1 they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
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