Whatsoever is Holy on the Feast of Sts. Simon and Jude
Today is my husband’s feast day.
When he entered the Church, I tried to offer suggestions on who would be a great Confirmation saint for him. St. Joseph would be great, because he was a foster father to Jesus…and you took on my three oldest children as though they were your own. Lazarus would be great, because your mother’s name was Martha and that was Lazarus’ sister. St. John Vianney would be great, because your dad put you in St. John Vianney High School even though you were a Baptist at the time because he wanted you to have a great education.
My husband is stubborn. He told me that any name I suggested, he would not use. It had to be his choice. Not mine.
And so, he chose St. Jude.
I asked him why St. Jude. And he said it was because St. Jude is the patron saint of lost causes, and then he added that he could use all the help he could get. He identified with this patron saint.
In today’s Gospel Reading, we hear the names of the Twelve. Peter is listed first. Peter is always listed first.
My husband and I never noticed that when we were Protestants. Why is Peter listed first? Always. (Maybe that has something to do with what happened at Caesarea Philippi and the papacy, but that is for another post.)
And Judas the betrayer is listed last. Okay, that makes sense.
Poor Jude, the one listed second-to-last. He has the same name as the betrayer. And he is listed right there in Sacred Scripture next to the betrayer.
But today, we glorify God because Jude became a saint.
Today, we choose. Others may propose saints for us to emulate. They may see us one way or another.
But the reality is, we are one of these two men. Two men, listed side-by-side.
One a saint.
One a betrayer.
Sobering thought, isn’t it. And that is why my husband chose St. Jude. He believes in getting hit with that sobering thought – often.