Ephesians 2:19-22; PS 19 Their message goes out through all the earth; Luke 6:12-16
Here are the words of Pope Francis at the close of his homily on the synod of the Family: "A believer is someone who has experienced God's Salvific action in his life."
Have we experienced God's salvific action in our life? Are we aware of God's action in and through our life on a daily basis?
The Apostles, as we celebrate the feast of Simon and Jude, preached God's salvific action because they first experienced that action within their own lives. They were able to give what they themselves first received.
What about us?
Jude is often seen holding a carpenter square as a symbol of his untiring labor to build up th household of God. He was an architect. As St Paul reminds us in the first reading, "you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles an prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone...in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit."
St Paul helps us identify what that salvific action looks like. It primarily brings us together. We are being built together into the dwelling place of God.
How do we strive toward unity in our life with those around us?
In Christ we can get the better of our differences and difficulties rather than they get the better of us.