For the Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, 28 October
Today in his Gospel, we see the Lord spend the whole night in prayer before choosing his twelve apostles.
What goes on between the Son of God and his Father in this nightlong prayer, and what has it to do with choosing the twelve men whom Christ sends to us?
Elsewhere in his Gospel, the Son of God tells us he passes to us the love he himself receives from his Father.
Out of a whole night of prayer in communion with his Father, Christ chooses twelve men to be his apostles.
An apostle is simply a man with a mission.
Christ gives to these twelve men a share in his own mission.
Christ’s mission is to invite and enable the world to share in his own intimate knowledge and intimate enjoyment of the Father.
After a whole night of communion with his Father, Christ gives that communion to twelve men, and sends them to bring you and me into it.
So, then, in the words to the Ephesians [cf. 2:19-22], you and I…
are no longer strangers and sojourners,
but … fellow citizens with the holy ones
and members of the household of God,
built upon the foundation of the Apostles…
with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.
Through him the whole structure is held together
and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord;
in him… [we] also are being built together
into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
That is what we celebrate in the feasts of the apostles.
The letter to the Ephesians [cf. 3:14-15] goes on about this:
I fall on my knees before the Father of Jesus the Lord.
May Christ dwell in your hearts through your faith,
so that, rooted and grounded in love,
you may know and grasp the breadth and length and height and depth of the love of Christ,
and be filled with all the fullness of God.
Saints Simon and Jude and the other men with a mission, lived, spoke and died for the knowledge and joy of sharing the immeasurable fullness of God.
You and I are mortared in place upon the foundation stones, the saints, who themselves are anchored on the bedrock of Christ.
We are already in touch and in communion with all the fullness of God.
Let us bother to keep mindful of that by prayer and sincere worship.
Let us echo and strengthen it in the good we do for others.
Christ himself comes to do good for us in his Eucharistic-Flesh-and-Blood-Communion with all the fullness of the Father.