Saturday October 28, 2017
Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles
Jesus went up to the mountain to pray,
and he spent the night in prayer to God.
When day came, he called his disciples to himself,
and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles:
Today’s readings talk about the process of passing on the Faith from one generations to the next generation. The message of the Gospel and Working of the Holy Spirit build people in to a dwelling place to God. When God dwell in the heart of people, they become the members of Christ himself. In the Gospel Jesus chooses twelve Apostles among many disciples. The Apostles are sent out or Commissioned to carry on the Gospel of Christ to the end of the Earth. The Apostles are represented by the Bishops of the Church today and have a special significance. Jesus chose 12 Apostles representing the 12 tribes of Israel. Jesus chose 12 men as Apostles and Commissioned them to spread the good news to the end of the World and hence the permission to Women priesthood is matter of obedience to the Prayer and discernment of Jesus. St. Paul also talks about Women not to take part in the priestly Work. But St. Paul in the first reading calls : Brothers and sisters:
You are no longer strangers and sojourners,
but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones
and members of the household of God.
St. Paul calls every Brother and Sister as fellow Citizens with the holy ones. All the members of the Body of the Church have a specific role and every Sister or Brother of Jesus has her or his role in the body of Christ. The Brothers of Christ have a specific role and a Sister of Christ have a specific role and together whole body of Christ is built in unity. Brothers are chosen by the Lord as Apostles to administer the Word of God and rule the entire body of Christ. Sisters are basically becoming assistants in the administration Work. This is the Wisdom of God who structured the Church in that way to bring a beautiful shape and beauty. Also, men are made head of the families to carry on the Work of God. In most of the families the Women are the main instrument of holiness and passing on the faith to Children, but the Church teaches to honour the men in the Church as leaders or Shepherds. This is having been passed on from the Creation of the World and Worked beautifully, let us imitate the Wisdom of God and obedient to the Word of God like the rest of the Gospel . Mother Mary became the perfect woman in the history of Salvation and fulfilled the role of a Mother and obedience to the call of God. She cooperated with the High Priest her own Son by becoming the Mother of God and Mother of son of Man. She fulfilled the role of Divine Human relationship. every Woman must imitate Mother Mary who was the perfect follower of Christ in Word and deed. Priesthood is a Vocation or Call of God to certain people who are Worthy of Christ. The worthiness has been discerned by the Lord himself. All Women have a greater role of Motherhood and procreation like Mother Mary which Men do not have the privilege due to their structure of Creation. Therefore the Priesthood is a structure of God’s building and God puts men in the foundation with the Corner stone beingJesus himself with all holy men and Women of God.
Today as we celebrate the feast of St. Jude who was the Cousin of our Lord and Simon the Zealot Who was full of Zeal for the Gospel of Christ who were the great Apostles to spread the good news in the Middle East , let us pray for the Evangelisation and Peace in the Middle East. St. Jude is the patron saint of all lost and hopeless Causes , let pray for the World of no hope and in distress.