Friday, October 28, 2016


'Tis the Feast of Saints Simon & Jude, Apostles (first century): Apostles-link, Apostle-link Sierra & Wikipedia-link Sierra, & Apostle-link Juliett & Wikipedia-link Juliett.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
St. Simon is represented in art with a saw, the instrument of his martyrdom. St. Jude's square points him out as an architect of the house of God. St. Paul called himself by this name; & St. Jude, by his catholic epistle, has also a special right to be reckoned among our Lord's principal workmen. But our apostle had another nobility, far surpassing all earthly titles: being nephew, by his father Cleophas or Alpheus (sic), to St. Joseph (19 March, 1 May), & legal cousin to the Man-God, Jude was one of those called by their companions the brethren of the carpenter's Son.
Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
The name of St. Simon usually appears eleventh in the list of the apostles. Nothing is known of him except that he was born in Cana & is surnamed (sic) "the Zealot." St. Jude, also called Thaddeus, was the apostle who asked the Lord at the Last Supper why He had manifested himself only to His disciples & not to the whole world (John, 14:22).
'Tis also the feast of Saint Godwin of Stavelot, Abbot, O.S.B. (died circa 690): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Letter to the Ephesians, chapter two, verses nineteen thru twenty-two;
Psalm Nineteen, verses two thru five;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter six, verses twelve thru sixteen.

Personal Reading
The Letter of James, chapter five (of five; verses one thru twenty);
Introduction to the Wisdom Books;
Introduction to the Book of Job.

Commentary: The final chapter of James references the perseverance of Job. Today's reflection in my daily reflection books references the patience of Job. The prayer in my Rosary—day eight of the fifty-four-day novena—asked for patience in adversity & love for enemies (the old man who clearly should no longer be behind the wheel, who crunched the bumper, fender, & driver's side headlight of the Malibu Stacy this morning, creating a huge headache for yours truly). I do not particularly want to read Job, but there is every reason to believe the Lord is telling me to read Job, to contemplate Job & the problem of evil.

But first, the end of the latest re-reading of James: Warning to the Rich (5:1-6), Patience & Oaths (5:7-12), Anointing of the Sick (5:13-15), Confession & Intercession (5:16-18) & Conversion of Sinners (5:19&20).

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