A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 6:12-16
Jesus went up to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
REFLECTION: ".... from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostle"
Today we celebrate the feast of Saints Simon and Jude. Simon, the Zealot, was not as well known as Simon Peter. Judas Thaddeus, son of James, was overshadowed by Judas, the Iscariot, the traitor: therefore, he was referred to as Jude.
We know very little about Saints Simon and Jude. They were two of the twelve chosen by Jesus Christ to be His apostles. They travelled to Persia, spreading the good news of Jesus. They were martyred together.
How many of us go unnoticed? How many people know who we are? The Lord sees what we do not and cannot see and to those He chooses He will give the graces for His work.
We can spread the gospel in our homes, faith formation classes, work and even die for the Lord without any recognition by the world.
Do we love God so much to die for Him? Our worth and value should be in God alone who created us and blesses our lives.
Who are you when no one knows you and what secures your worth?
God Bless You