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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 28, 2016

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FRIDAY, October 28     Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles

John 15:17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

Historically speaking, we do not know much about Simon or Jude. Some folks assert that Simon the Zealot was the groom at the wedding in Cana where Jesus manifested his first miracle—turning water into wine. Other stories from other places assert that Jude was the disciple who carried the image of Jesus on a piece of cloth, collected during his scourge and walk to Calvary. Their ministry was tied together, and they were martyred in Beirut, sometime around 65 CE.

Many stories from many places suggest resting places for their relics, but most people drawn to Simon the Zealot and Jude recognize the crypts in Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome as their place of final repose. Simon is remembered as the patron saint of sawyers, harkening back to the story of how he and Jude were martyred, and Jude is remembered as the patron saint of lost causes. Both are friends of Jesus, and God help us to be ones, too.

PRAY for the Diocese of Ilaje (Ondo, Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles.

Ps 119:89-96; Deuteronomy 32:1-4; Ephesians 2:13-22; John 15:17-27



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