Presentation Ministries
View Cart  ·  Make a Donation  ·  About PM  ·  Contact Us   
Search: PM Catholic Sites   
 Home 
One Bread
One Body
Daily Bread
Radio
Small Christian
Communities
Publications
Audio & Video
Catalog
Retreats
Bible
Institute
Guadalupe
Bible College
 Prayer 
Room

One Bread, One Body

Language: English | Español

All Issues > Volume 13, Issue 6


<< Tuesday, October 28, 1997 >> Sts. Simon & Jude
 
Ephesians 2:19-22
View Readings
Psalm 19 Luke 6:12-16
Similar Reflections
 

IMPOSSIBLE REVELATIONS?

 
"At daybreak He called His disciples and selected twelve of them to be His apostles...Simon called the Zealot, Judas son of James." —Luke 6:13, 15-16
 

Jude has become famous as the patron of the impossible. Simon traditionally has been Jude's partner, and may be considered at least the partner of the patron of the impossible.

What impossible things do Jude and Simon deal with? Because we know so little about these two apostles, it is difficult to answer this question. Jude has one line in the whole Bible. He asked Jesus a stupid question. Jesus had said He would reveal Himself to those who obey and love Him (Jn 14:21). Then Jude asked: "Lord, why is it that You will reveal Yourself to us and not to the world?" (Jn 14:22) The obvious answer is: "Because the world doesn't love Me but you do or will." Jude's question was about divine revelation.

One of the few things we know about Simon was that he was "called the Zealot" (Lk 6:15). This meant he was known as a guerilla — someone who does acts of terrorism and violence to overthrow the government. Imagine how shocked the Zealot was to hear Jesus preach the Sermon on the Mount and be commanded to offer no resistance to injury, turn the other cheek, and love enemies! (Lk 6:27-28; Mt 5:39) What a seeming impossibility!

Jude and Simon may play a special role in helping us accept revelations from God which seem impossible to take. Such revelations might be: "sell your possessions" (Mt 19:21), quit your job (Mt 9:9), refuse to pay taxes for abortion, apologize, admit you're wrong, quit using contraceptives, tithe and give alms, etc. Receive, believe, and do the impossible.

 
Prayer: Father, through the intercession of Simon and Jude, may I accept revelations previously out of the question.
Promise: "You form a building which rises on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Capstone." —Eph 2:20
Praise: Simon humbly lived in community with Matthew, a man who worked for the government Simon tried to destroy.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, March 22, 1997
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 26, 1997
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
Volume 13, Issue 6
  > Today's Reflection
  · List of Reflections
  · Top 100 Scriptures
  · XML / RSS Feed
 
Subscription Requests
  · Subscribe, change, renew or cancel subscription
  · Sign-up for OBOB daily e-mail
 
Share OBOB
  · Send a sample issue to a friend
  · Order a box of OBOB for your group
  · E-mail a sample OBOB teaching to a friend

 

 

 
Home   ·   One Bread
One Body
  ·   Daily Bread
Radio
  ·   Small Christian
Communities
  ·   Publications   ·   Audio & Video
Catalog
  ·   Retreats   ·   Bible
Institute
  ·   Guadalupe
Bible College
  ·   Prayer
Room
 

Copyright © 2016 Presentation Ministries.
 
Make a Donation · About PM · Contact Us · Link To Us · Privacy Policy