At this time Jesus went out into the hills to pray, spending the whole night in prayer with God. When day came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them whom he called apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James son of Alpheus and Simon called the Zealot; Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who would be the traitor.
The feast of the Apostles is always an occasion to remind the apostolic origin of our faith and our Church, and to renew our commitment in the apostolate.
For us Christians the Creed is the summary of the Word of God. Our Creed is entitled “apostolic” because the Apostles preached the Good News of Jesus and our knowledge of Him comes through the witness of the twelve disciples who were first summoned by Him, as the Gospel of today reminds us. Our faith has therefore an unshakable foundation.
Our Church is “apostolic.” The faith is the answer to the apostolic preaching. Consequently, the community that confesses this faith and celebrates the Sacraments of Jesus is apostolic. The deeds of some Apostles are well known. Others, however, are really hidden. It is nice to celebrate the feast of these two ignored Apostles. Why?
In Christ all of us are called to share the apostolic mission, but probably our words and deeds will be simple and unknown. In this sense we will be followers of Simon and Jude in their deep and discrete apostolate. We are now successors of them according to the grace we received. Let us be faithful and joyfully fulfill our vocation until the end.
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