Homily for Monday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Your Life Is Not A Mistake
By: Fr. Evaristus Abu
Homily for Monday October 28 2019
(Monday 28th October 2019. Bible Study: Ephesians 2:19-22, Psalm 19, Hebrews 5:1-6 and Luke 6:12-16)
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.” (Ephesians 2:19-20)
While our first reading today reminds us of our membership in a special family by virtue of our baptism, our Gospel passage today teaches us that God, our Father is a God who prepares things beforehand, a God who plans. As we read in the book of Jeremiah, God says: “For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Jesus did not simply do guesswork in his choice of the apostles. He didn’t select them according to their good looks or merely according to their line of trade. He spent a whole night in prayer, consulting with God who has plans, before making his choice. Amongst those chosen by Jesus are Saints Simon and Jude who we celebrate today.
From the Loyola Press website, we learn that St. Simon was among the Jewish group known as the Zealots who believed that the promise of the Messiah meant a free and independent Jewish nation where they would never have to pay taxes to the Romans again. Some Zealots were also very concerned that the spiritual ideals of their religion be kept. But others in the group went as far as inciting riots against the Roman authorities. Simon was known as “the zealot” to distinguish him from Simon Peter.
St. Jude Thaddeus is a brother of James, a fisherman by trade. At Pentecost, Jude alongside others was filled with the Holy Spirit and a burning desire to spread the Good News to all. Jude travelled to Mesopotamia to preach, and Simon went to Egypt. Eventually, they both ended up in Persia, modern-day Iran. There they worked together evangelizing the people until they were both martyred. That is why we are celebrating both of them together.
Traditionally, Saint Jude, the Apostle is identified with the author of the Letter of Jude in the New Testament. He has also come to be known as the saint of hopeless cases. The book of Hebrews this morning tells us that the function of the High Priest is to intercede for the people, a role that St. Jude continues to play today even from heaven.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, help me to fulfil your plans for my life. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Feast of Saints Simon and Jude. Bible Study: Ephesians 2:19-22, Psalm 19, Hebrews 5:1-6 and Luke 6:12-16).