Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles
Ephesians 2:19-22; Psalm 19:2-5;Luke 6:12-16
He called his disciples to himself. (Luke 6:13)
An interesting legend is told about St. Jude, the well-known saint of the impossible whose feast we celebrate today. The story is that a king in ancient Turkey suffered from a terrible disease. He heard about Jesus and wrote him a letter, asking for a cure. Along with his letter, he sent an artist to paint Jesus’ face. Since Jesus couldn’t go to the king, he sent Jude, along with the artist’s painting. Through this image and through Jude’s prayers, the king was healed. That’s why images of Jude depict him holding a painting of the face of Christ.
This legend tells us something important about Jude and about all the saints. They really don’t heal anybody. In the story, the image of Jesus was key to this man’s healing. All the power that the saints have ever had to heal comes from the Lord: “It was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured… . By his stripes we were healed” (Isaiah 53:4, 5). Jesus is our healer, our comforter, our Savior.
But this legend illustrates another important point: Jesus needs saints. Jude was just a man like us, a sinner who was redeemed by the Lord. But God used him to bring healing and hope to thousands of people—and he still does today, centuries after his death! Jude shows us that we carry in our hearts the treasure of the Holy Spirit, who gives us the power to transform the world in God’s image. He shows us that we can become saints, just as he did.
Have you looked in the mirror lately—not to see yourself, but to see God’s reflection? Like Jude, you are carrying the face of Christ. His divine life is flowing through you. Even if you are not performing miracles, he is living within you. So give him thanks for that grace right now. Praise him that he has made you “fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light” (Colossians 1:12). And look for the opportunities he is giving you this very day to share that light with the people around you.
“Lord, help me to be the person you have called me to be—to step out in faith and share your love with the world. St. Jude, pray for us!”