Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

October 28, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast: Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

Ephesians 2:19-22

Psalm 19

Luke 6:12-16

Today we celebrate the feast of the Apostles Simon and Jude.  As we celebrate their lives we must never forget the c contribution of the other Apostles and the larger group that followed Jesus known as disciples.

The Twelve Apostles were chosen from the disciples of Jesus.  They are the men who followed our Lord because they sensed something in Him that was wonderful, something special, and something incredible.  “The Twelve” as they were often referred, were called by Jesus because He saw something special in them as well.

Today’s Gospel recounts the calling of “The Twelve.”  The number “twelve” is significant because it represents the twelve tribes of Israel.  I can’t help but think how all of these men were so blessed to be with Jesus every day for three years as they witnessed the great effect He had on the people He preached to, all the miracles He performed and the gentle loving actions towards those who were in need.  So then it must have been easy for them to follow Him because they were with Jesus in the flesh.

Well, not so fast.  The beauty of Jesus’ call is that it went out to very ordinary people.  They didn’t have to be well prepared and eager to get the call to follow Him.  They just had to receive His call to follow and they did.

In other words, they were just like any one of us.  You see, what made them special was that they were called.  All we have to do to be called is to hear His Words and respond to it by following in His footsteps.  The original disciples were regular folks, just like us.  Our blessing is that we are the new disciples of Jesus.

What makes us special as modern disciples is the fact that we are called by God who is love.  Our answer then is to say “yes” just as the Apostles and disciples did to their call to follow our Lord.  Simon and Jude did and they really didn’t have a clue to where that call would lead them.  We have the advantage of knowing what awaits us at the end of our life’s journey, don’t we?

Question of the Day:  Are you a modern day disciple of Jesus and do you profess it to all who you meet?

Prayer: Father, you revealed yourself to us through the preaching of your apostles Simon and Jude.  By their prayers, give your Church continued growth and increase the number of those who believe in You.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.



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