Greetings on this the Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles
Readings: Eph 2:19-22; PS 19:2-3, 4-5; Lk 6:12-16
Notes: A WARNING here to all Christians taking up military and counter-revolutionary thinking and tactics here in the United States, read the story of Saint Simon the Zealot.
I see you circulating among the faithful and surveying your battleground.
You are like the Zealots of the 1st Century.
Simon, “the zealot”, was a member of an anti-government group. Many were the counterparts of modern terrorists. They raided and killed, attacking both foreigners and “collaborating” Jews. They were chiefly responsible for the rebellion against Rome which ended in the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.
It is a reminder that we cannot receive [grace] too often. Holiness does not depend on human merit, culture, personality, effort, or achievement. It is entirely God’s creation and gift. God needs no Zealots to bring about the kingdom by force. Jude, like all the saints, is the saint of the impossible: Only God can create his divine life in human beings. And God wills to do so, for all of us.
Time to put the militant Christian to retirement.
True Christian Militancy includes:
- Radical orientation of love.
- Radical orientation of forgiveness.
- Dispossession of wealth.
- Disposession of power.
Focus your energy of corporal and spiritual acts of mercy.
- “The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead. Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God.
You are fellow citizens with the holy ones
and members of the household of God.
Their message goes out through all the earth.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge.
Freedom is not found in the mental constructs of the mind and of GRIEVANCE POLITICS.
It is found in the handiwork of God, around us and within us.
We praise you, O God,
we acclaim you as Lord;
the glorious company of Apostles praise you.
Jesus went up to the mountain to pray,
and he spent the night in prayer to God.
All major decisions require prayer.
He called his disciples to himself.
Among them, Simon who was called a Zealot.
For a person thinking in the body only this was a risky move. For Jesus, in the spirit, a good outcome for Simon and the Church.
Simon, no doubt, would bring instant suspicion upon Jesus and the Apostles as to the foment of revolution.
But Jesus saw something else. A potential of, an urge to and a desire for…
- From grievance to generosity.
- From power to empowered.
- From suspicion to trust.
- From warfare to peacemaker.
Put down your weapons.
Peace be with you,