Today we celebrate the feast of SIMON and JUDE, apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus, we are told, after praying called the disciples and maned the twelve as apostles.
They went from following Jesus to now being ones sent forth ahead of Jesus to announce the goodness of the Father's merciful love.
The word apostles means to be "Sent." It is often associated with sending a letter or a message. You could say the apostle would be considered the modern day mail carriers.
The letter the sent is God' message to the world.
But each of us share in a similar mission. We are also sent forth. We also have received a message from Jesus to broadcast to the world. Our life becomes that "letter of recommendation" that St Paul speaks of in his writings.
Do we consider ourselves a letter of recommendation for others for the world?
Also, Simon is called the zealot. Jude's nameThaddeus means the brave one. They had nicknames that indicated something of their character and perhaps something of want God used so that they could bring forth the message more clearly and profoundly.
Simon lived his passion for the chosen people. Jude was willingly to go boldly in the face of opposition. His brave heart empowered him through difficulties.
What would be the nickname others give u sin regard to living our our faith life an bringing forth the message of the goodness of the Father's merciful love?