Today the Church celebrates the feast of Saints Simon and Jude. Today’s Gospel reading comes from the Gospel according to Luke (6:12-16). Luke narrates that Jesus spent the night in prayer before he made the choice of his closest circle of disciples, the twelve apostles. Because there were two Simons and two Judases among the twelve, Luke gives some added descriptions for this pair of apostles.
Simon is called a “Zealot” which indicates that he was a member of the Zealot movement, or at least a sympathizer. The Zealots sought the violent overthrow of the Roman government and the reestablishment of the sovereignty of the people of Israel.