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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of the apostles Simon the Canaanite, called the Zealot, and Judas surnamed Thaddeus.

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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If we die with him, we shall live with him,
if with him we endure, with him we shall reign.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke 6, 12-19

Now it happened in those days that he went onto the mountain to pray; and he spent the whole night in prayer to God.

When day came he summoned his disciples and picked out twelve of them; he called them 'apostles':

Simon whom he called Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,

Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon called the Zealot,

Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot who became a traitor.

He then came down with them and stopped at a piece of level ground where there was a large gathering of his disciples, with a great crowd of people from all parts of Judaea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon

who had come to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. People tormented by unclean spirits were also cured,

and everyone in the crowd was trying to touch him because power came out of him that cured them all.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If we die with him, we shall live with him,
if with him we endure, with him we shall reign.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Today the Church remembers the apostles Simon and Jude. Simon is surnamed the "Zealot," perhaps because he belonged to the anti-Roman group of zealots who even practised violence. The tradition has him preach the Gospel in Samaria, in Mesopotamia, and die in Persia. Jude, called also Thaddeus, which means "magnanimous," is the apostle who at the last supper asks Jesus if he will reveal himself only to the Twelve and not to the world. His name appears last in the lists of the apostles. The tradition indicates that he is the author of the letter of the same name, addressed to converts from Judaism. Almost nothing is known of their lives. But they are no less important than the others. In the Church it is not notoriety which counts, but communion with the Lord and with brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, arguing about who is first, which took place even among the apostles, often happens in community. In the Church the only primacy which should be sought is that of love and thus that of generous service. Jesus has called the apostles by name, as if to underline that it is his love which bestows dignity on them. And that which should reign among the disciples, that fraternal love which is the reason others will believe in the Lord, originates in the love Jesus shows for us. One’s name, in the biblical world, is not only a useful means by which to call that person, it is much more: it signifies one’s story, heart, life. It happens that in the call of the Lord there also comes a change of name, that is, a change of heart and a new vocation. For example, Simon becomes Peter, meaning "rock" or "foundation." To receive a name means first of all to be loved by God and then to receive a new task from Him. Knowing one another by name is one of the most precious treasures in life. Even mere human life. The Lord exalts it even more: to know and call one another by name is the sign of a love which has God’s seal.

Memory of the Apostles