Thursday, February 18, 2016

February 18: St. Simon the Zealot

St. Simon the Zealot

History

Tradition tells us that Simon was a cousin to the Lord Jesus Christ, and some people say that it was his wedding that the Lord attended in John 2, when He did His first public miracle. Simon is called “the zealot” because of his firm faith in Jesus that could not be shaken. After Saint James, who was bishop of Jerusalem, was martyred, Simon was chosen to take his place. Even though the Christians in Jerusalem had to flee to another town because of a civil war, their numbers grew under Simon’s leadership. 

Activity

Read the story of the Wedding at Cana in John 2 and think about what Simon must have felt like to see his own cousin revealed a the Christ! 

Saint Simon the Zealot, pray for us!


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