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Liturgical day: October 28th: St. Simon and Jude, apostles

Gospel text (Lk 6,12-19): Jesus went out into the hills to pray, spending the whole night in prayer with God. When day came, He called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them... Jesus went out into the hills to pray, spending the whole night in prayer with God. When day came, He called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them whom He called apostles: Simon, whom He named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James son of Alpheus and Simon called the Zealot; Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who would be the traitor.

Coming down the hill with them, Jesus stood on a level place. Many of his disciples were there and a large crowd of people who had come from all parts of Judea and Jerusalem and from the coastal cities of Tyre and Sidon. They gathered to hear him and be healed of their diseases; likewise people troubled by evil spirits were healed. The entire crowd tried to touch him because of the power that went out from him and healed them all.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, celebrating these two apostles, we focus on two things. On one hand, the night Jesus spent praying for his future elect. A whole night! Let us think: how many nights will Jesus have spent praying for me? Because in the Church we are all apostles (in this “game” there is no players and spectators: "all of us" play the game with Jesus Christ).

- On the other hand, it is impressive to see in the same group of chosen a "partisan" of the Roman Empire (Mathew) and, at the same time, Simon, an "opposite" to the Roman dominion. God calls everyone. And "everyone" means "everyone": That’s God!