Today the Church celebrates the feast day of the great saints, Simon and Jude.

Both were Apostles, members of the original twelve men who were chosen by Christ to exercise his own authority as priest, prophet, and king, and in doing so, govern his Church.

That there are twelve Apostles is no mere accident. Christ has come to reconstitute Israel, and just as there were twelve tribes that constituted the people of Israel, so would there be twelve new apostolic tribes from which the universal Church, the new Israel, would grow. We are the living legacy of the twelve Apostles. Our mission here is an extension of their mission. Our faith is the faith of the Apostles. The Church to which we belong is the new Israel.

Praise the Lord

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