Today, we celebrate two apostles who, as often is the case, are relatively unknown except that they were followers of Jesus. Jude is called Judas in Luke and in the Acts of the Apostles. Matthew and Mark call him Thaddeus. We have in the New Testament the letter of Jude, which scholars say is not written by the man whose feast we celebrate today.
Simon was a Zealot, a member of a radical party that disavowed all ties with the government, holding that Israel should be re-elevated to political greatness under the leadership of God alone. They also held that any payment of taxes to the Romans was a blasphemy against God.
Neither of these men held any claim to greatness here on earth; they found their glory in following Christ. Their joy was, as St. Paul instructs us in his letter to the Ephesians, in their citizenship which was of course in heaven, as it is for all of us. We are merely passing through this place, and our task while we are hear, as was the task for Simon and Jude and all the apostles, to live for Christ and to live the Gospel. The reward for them, then, as is for all of us, is in heaven, their and our true home.
Their message, as the Psalmist says, goes out to all the earth. Blessed are all of us when we catch that message and live that message, following the way to Christ Jesus.