Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Feast of Saints Simon and Jude
These are two Apostles that we know little about but they were called by Jesus. Jude is also called Thaddeus. According to tradition, both were martyrs and Jude has become the saint of the impossible! We pray to Jude for hopeless cases. Jude also seems to be identified as "son of James" or maybe it means brother of James. The point is that these two are not well-known.
Luke tells us in today's Gospel that Jesus spent the night in prayer before he chose the Twelve, whom he named Apostles. I like to contemplate the scene Luke gives us when he says: "Jesus went up the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God."
However, I need to also say something about the first reading today from Ephesians. Paul tells us that Jesus is the capstone and it is through him the whole structure is held together. We are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Think about this and be filled with gratitude. Jesus is the capstone!
The scenic route to Bronte country was through a very old and Catholic part of England. We passed Blackburn where the English St. Margaret was martyred.
We saw an ancient Roman aqueduct, passed farms and fields, cattle and sheep. Never a billboard. We stopped for tea and scones, of course, but then on to the Doles and moors. The picture above is of the Parsonage where the Brontes lived and wrote but I will need to write more tomorrow as I want to try to vote today and one must go early. All of my community have gone for early voting, but have waited up to three hours to vote! A million people in just our part of Florida have been to the polls early!