History of St. Jude

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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.


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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.

Glory be to God the father and the son and the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be for ever the world without end. Amen. Lord hear our prayer and let our cry come onto you

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