Today , October 28 is the dearest Feast day of two of the Holy Apostles, Saints Simon and Jude . Having followed the Lord, they contributed greatly to the building of the early Church. Saint Apostles Jude Thaddeus and Simon are examples of holiness and zeal , but one thing that seems important to note is this: Holiness of life and zeal in spreading the faith are the normal result of God’s call and His life within us.
Both Apostles were among the twelve disciples, and Saint Jude is also known as Thaddeus to distinguish him from Judas the infamous traitor of our Lord Jesus .
According to tradition, Saint Simon was one of the shepherds to whom angels revealed the birth of Christ. He and Jude joined together in preaching the gospel in Syria and Mesopotamia, and both were martyred in Persia.
Saint Jude has become particularly popular in our times as "patron of hopeless cases." This patronage is said to have developed because in ancient times nobody invoked him for anything--his name too closely the same with that of the traitor disciple, Judas. Consequently, grateful for any notice from the faithful, he favors even the most desperate situations of those who pray to him .
May the Lord grant many miracles and graces through the intercession of these two great witnesses to Christ , Saint Apostles Jude Thaddeus and Simon the Zealot .
Therefore let us faithfully pray :
Almighty God, You chose Your servants Simon and Jude to be numbered among the glorious company of the Apostles. As they were faithful and zealous in their mission, so may we with ardent devotion make known the love and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.