Now during those days he went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles:Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, and James, and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Simon, who was called the Zealot, and Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
When someone uses our name, it reminds us that we matter. In today’s Gospel, Luke doesn’t simply mention that Jesus called twelve apostles, he lists them by name, each one individually called to follow Christ. Our names do not appear in the Scriptures, but we are no less uniquely called to be disciples.
While we often tend to think of the twelve apostles as a unit, each of these men served the kingdom of God his own way. Tradition tells us that Sts. Simon and Jude, whose feast we celebrate today, preached the Gospel in Mesopotamia and Persia before dying as martyrs. Our path of discipleship may be vastly different from theirs, but we are uniquely called to follow Christ and to co-labor with him in his kingdom.
—The Jesuit Prayer team
O God, who by the blessed Apostles have brought us to acknowledge your name, graciously grant, through the intercession of Saints Simon and Jude, that the Church may constantly grow by increase of the peoples 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.
—Collect prayer for the Feast of Sts. Simon and Jude