Today's Gospel taken from the Catholic daily Missal is very interesting and has some special significance for American patriots of our day.
It is the yearly feast of two saints. The Holy Apostles Simon and Jude.
Saint Simon was a Chananean, and was known among the apostles as "the Zealot." Before Christ called him to be an apostle, Simon belonged to the patriotic party known as Zealots, who, impatient of foreign rule, perpared for a war of independence. This circumstance was not forgotten, and even after he had become a disciple of the Lord, he was still known by the appellation of the Zealot. He suffered martyrdom in Persia, according to tradition.
Saint Jude is the brother of James the Less, first bishop of Jerusalem, and therefore a cousin of Our Savior. The New Testament includes a short letter written by St. Jude, who is daily commemorated in the Roman Canon of the Mass under the name of Thaddeus. It is believed that the relics of these two apostles are in St. Peter's in Rome. Tradition says that he preached in Mesopotamia, where he died for the Faith. He is the patron of difficult cases.
The Gospel from today's feast of Saints Simon and Jude.
John 15, 17-25
"At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, These things I command you, that you love one another. If the world hate you, know ye that it hath hated Me before you.
If you had been of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember My word that I said to you, The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you:
If they have kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for my name's sake, because they know not Him that sent Me.
If I had not come, and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. He that hateth Me, hateth My Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no other man hath done, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated both Me and My Father. But that the word may be fulfilled which is written in their law, They hated Me without cause."
If the shoe fits, wear it. We should all make sure we are on the right side of every issue.
May St. Simon guide our actions in the fight for freedom, that we always do God's Holy Will, and may St. Jude the patron saint of difficult cases clear our way and keep us on track through this difficult fight to restore our Republic, and bring our elected officials back to the rule of law.
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