From the feast of Saints Simon and Jude.
Saint Simon the zealot was a patriot before his conversion to Christ. Saint Jude is the patron saint of hopeless cases. Both fitting for our prayer for the elections on Nov. 2nd 2010
Gospel (John XV 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 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 a cause.
Since Christ, His apostles and disciples, were hated and persecuted by the world, the greatest courage and consolation should be the portion of those who have to suffer because they are not of this world, that is, do not follow its false and foolish principles, its vain and vexatious customs. Those who suffer nothing for Christ's sake and who to escape the mockery and hatred of the world, side with it rather than with Christ, may learn by these words to be ashamed of their cowardice. For as it is considered a great honor for a servant to resemble his lord, so it is considered shameful for him to seek to be greater than his lord.
The servant is not greater than his master, says Christ.
If then Christ, our Lord, has suffered that hatred and persecution of the world, why should His servants refuse to suffer it also? Can the world's hatred harm us when God Loves us?
Does not this very haterd serve to separate us more from the world and unite us more with God? And is it not better to have the world for our enemy than God?
We earnestly beseech Thee, O most loving Jesus, to inflame our cold hearts with the heavenly fire of love, so that we may love our neighbor as ourselves according to Thy example and precept, and never be beguiled by envy or hatred from this love, always remembering that we, Thy poor servants, are not greater than Thou, our Lord, and God, and therefore, should not complain if, like Thee, we are hated and persecuted by the world. Strengthen us by Thy grace, that we may patiently endure all things which Thy divine will sends to us, that we may live and die, after Thy example, in the love of God and our neighbor. Amen.
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