Feast of St Simon and Jude Reflection:
Very little is known about these two apostles and most of what we have about them is only verbal tradition. Jude did write a letter which is important because it tells us a lot about what the apostles were.
In the letter, Jude says that people should hold on to the teaching that was handed on to them from the apostles and not to go after new teaching and new ideas: what Jude is saying is that the deposit of faith is completed in Jesus.
Simon is differentiated from Simon Peter by being given the name ‘Simon the Zealot.’ The Zealots were a group of revolutionaries who fought against the Romans. They were not exactly men of peace and yet the message of Jesus seems to have gotten through to him.
In our own lives, particularly here in Northern Ireland, we have all known men who were followers of the IRA and who eventually came back to their faith and became men of peace. What this made me realize is that there are several stages to a person’s growth in life and that if a person appears one way at a young age it does not mean that they are going to be that way for all of their lives.
This shows that God is constantly working in the hearts of people, constantly calling us to conversion. It also shows is that each person’s journey of faith is unique to them and that we can never assume to know anyone’s path.