Not much is known about Jude who is called “Thaddaeus” in two of the Gospels and who tradition has it wrote the New Testament Letter that bears his name. He is known today as the patron saint of impossible or hopeless cases. Certainly, from a human perspective, it would have been impossible for Simon the Zealot and Matthew the tax-collector to live and work together. But Jesus said: “For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible” (Matthew 19: 26). The Apostles had firsthand experience of this.
Let us ask Simon and Jude to pray with us today for Pope Benedict’s monthly intentions as we offer the following prayer.
Glorious Saints Simon and Jude Thaddaeus, by those privileges with which you were adorned in your life times, namely, your friendship with our Lord Jesus Christ and your vocation to be apostles, and by that glory which now is yours in heaven as the reward of your apostolic labors and your martyrdoms, obtain for us from the Giver of every good and perfect gift all the graces that we stand in need of. Amen.