Thursday, October 28, 2010

Our Apostolic Church

 As the Church celebrates the feast of Saints Simon and Jude today, I found myself feeling especially thankful for my Catholic faith which has been handed down to us from the Apostles. Simon and Jude were chosen from among Jesus' many disciples to be two of the twelve Apostles. Jesus shared His life with these twelve men in a special and intimate way, imparting faith and knowledge of God during the three years they followed Him in His earthly ministry.
We don't know much of what these two saints did after the Resurrection, but we do know they lived and eventually died for Christ as martyrs. The Apostles, with Saint Peter as their leader, laid a firm foundation so Christs Church could be built and remain solid. So while our one holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church may take its share of beatings, Jesus promised us that the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
In reflecting on these two great saints, along with the other apostles, I began to think about all the riches and treasures we have been given in the Catholic faith. Yes, we have Scripture, the Word of God itself, but we also have Sacred Tradition, along with and through which Scripture should be read and meditated upon. And above all else, we have Jesus Himself in the Holy Eucharist. He gives Himself to us, sparing nothing for Himself so that we may come to know and love Him now and in the life to come.
May the holy company of Apostles praise God and may we praise Him along with them.
Saints Simon and Jude, pray for us!

*Fr. Mark at Vultus Christi has a beautiful post on these two Apostles and saints.


Victor S E Moubarak said...

Great thoughtful post Karinann. Thank you for your wisdom shared with us.

God bless.

Karinann said...

Thanks Victor, but not my wisdom- God's and His Church's along with some good spiritual teachers and preachers along the way!
Jeffrey over at Secret Harbour has a great post today with the writings of one of the Carthusians.There is much more detail in his post but the same theme of Scripture, and Sacred tradition going hand in hand. He is on my bloglist on the side bar under Notable Bloggers.
God bless!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.