Legend has it that St. Jude was born into a Jewish family in Paneas, a town in the Galilee portion of ancient Palestine, the same region that Jesus grew up in. He probably spoke Greek and Aramaic,like many of his contemporaries in that area, and he was a farmer (as many of his family were) by trade.
Jude was described by St. Matthew (13:55) as being one of the “brethren” of Jesus, probably meaning a cousin since the Hebrew word for “brethren” indicates a blood relationship. His mother, Mary, was referred to as a cousin of Jesus’ mother Mary, while his father, Cleophas, was the brother of St. Joseph.
Jude had several brothers, including St. James, who was another of the original Apostles. His own first name, “Jude”, means giver of joy, while “Thaddeus”, another name he was called, means generous and kind.
He was later married, had at least one child, and there are references to his grandchildren living as late as 95 A.D.
Jude was then called to be one of Jesus 12 Apostles, and began preaching the Good News of Jesus to Jews throughout Galilee, Samaria, and Judea.
ST. JUDE IS THE PATRON SAINT OF THOSE IN NEED.
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History of St. Jude Thaddeus
St. Jude was the brother of St. James the less and thus the cousin of our Lord. He is the author of the last canonical epistle of which Origen stated that it “contains strong doctrine in a few lines.”
It was to Jude’s question during the Last Supper that our Lord replied that he manifests himself only to those who are faithful in keeping his commandments. (CfrJn 14:23-24). There is tradition that Jude preached the faith mainly in Palestine, but later went to Persia and Armenia, and suffered martyrdom there.
The Emperor Domitian once had St Jude’s grandsons brought from Galilee to Rome, but released then when he realized that they were not political rivals. Owing to the similarity of his name to that of Judas Iscariot, Jude Thaddeus was rarely invoked in prayer, which makes him seems likely that seeking his intercession was seen as a final resort when all else failed.
It is thus that his popularity as the patron saint of lost causes has greatly increased in recent times. The lives of the apostles, Sts Simon and Jude, are shrouded in obscurity and uncertainty.
Yet their very closeness to the Lord Jesus as sharers in the great work of redemption is a reminder to as that holiness, from which stems happiness, comes from following closely in the footsteps of Jesus Christ rather than in being known.
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16
Psalms 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29
Today is the last day of Advent, Christmas Eve, and also (beginning with the vigil Mass) the first day of Christmas time. How will we occupy those few hours in between these two liturgical seasons? Will we spend our time obsessing over last minute Christmas shopping, preparing the Christmas feast or watching another TV Christmas special? Or can we find time to recognize how God is incarnate in our lives right now?
We’ve all had these time warping experiences where our perception of time’s passage failed to fit the reality of time’s passage. A certain Time Lord once noted that, “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint
The Incarnation, God taking on flesh and so entering into Creation, demonstrates how “wibbly-wobbly” time can appear. King David contemplates building a temple for God, but God reminds David of his humble beginnings as a shepherd in the pasture, caring for his flock. It was God who elevated David to care for the people of Israel. All that David has came from God. So David will not build a house for God. Instead, God will “fix a place for my people Israel” and raise up from the house of David a heir: “I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me.”
Mary fulfils the prophecy with her yes, “May it be done to me according to your word” and so the Incarnation begins…. or so we like to believe. But God’s entering into Creation had already begun. It was always part of the Divine Plan. God is love and the lover always wants to be with the beloved. Thus, God’s desire to be with us goes back to the beginning of Creation and, transcending time, stretches into the far distant future. We see this desire manifested when we recognize God in Scripture, the Eucharist, Creation and one another. The Incarnation has occurred, is occurring, and continues to occur.
“Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his kingdom there will be no end.” – Luke 1On this last Sunday of Advent,
we quietly reflect on the mystery.
We rest in awe, in wonder, at how our God entered our world and came to be with us. We pause to receive the gift offered us: that the Spirit of God will open up our lives and that Jesus will really come into our hearts.
May we have watchful hope today, believing what the Lord promises us.
Let us pray today, that we might be God’s servants, that we might be instruments of God’s love for our families and all we serve this week.
Sunday of the Holy Spirit
Self-righteousness is much like a spiritual egocentricity. It constitutes a secular type of love that thrives under conditionality, one in which is only existent after an individual meets the adopted standards of the condemner; oppositely, unconditional love is a holy love.
Gifts are given to everyone, including the gift of mission, of ministry. Every gift we receive from the Spirit, Paul reminds us, is for “the common good.” Every gift enables us to be of service — to the Church and to the world. We show our appreciation for the gifts we have received by using them.
God’s Spirit, the Church’s greatest birthday gift, is given to each of us. This happens in different ways, as we see when we look both at today’s First Reading and the Gospel. Always, though, the presence of the Spirit brings to life the individual gifts we have received. While the gifts are many and varied, all the members of the Body of Christ have gifts to share