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October 28th: Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

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Gospel text (Lk 6:12-19): 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... 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.

And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground. A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured. Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, as we celebrate these two apostles, we notice two things. On the one hand, that night Jesus spent praying for his future chosen ones. A whole night! Let us think: how many nights did Jesus spend praying for me? Because in the Church we are all chosen (there are no players and spectators in this “game”: "all of us" play the game with Jesus Christ).

- On the other hand, it is impressive to see in the same group of chosen people a "partisan" of the Roman Empire (Matthew) and, at the same time, Simon, an "opponent" of the Roman dominion. God calls everyone. And "everyone" means "everyone": God is like that!