In his homily addressed to the devotees of St. Jude Thaddeus at the National Shrine of St. Jude in Manila on his feast on October 28, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula said that we can be an apostle of Christ like St. Jude if first, we are deeply rooted in Jesus and we develop an intimate relationship with him.
“Kung hindi malalim ang ugnayan kay Hesus, baka hindi si Hesus ang maipahayag natin. Kung hindi tayo nakikinig sa salita ni Hesus, baka salita at opinion lang natin ang maibahagi natin sa ating kapwa. Ang tunay na alagad ay ipinapahayag si Hesus dahil mayroon siyang malalim na ugnayan sa Panginoon,” the Cardinal said.
Aside from having a deeper connection with Christ, an apostle, the Archbishop of Manila said is a “messenger” who is sent to proclaim the teachings of Christ.
“These two aspects are closely connected to each other. Only those who are grounded on Jesus will be sent to proclaim Jesus,” Cardinal Advincula said.
“Those of you who are knowledgeable about constructions of buildings would know that the taller a building is, the deeper should its foundations be. Habang tumataas ang gusali, mas lalong lumalalim ang pundasyon,” he said.
“Gayun din naman ang alagad ni Hesus. Habang isinusugo para gawin ang misyon, at habang pinagkakatiwalaan ng mabigat na misyon, dapat lalong lumalalim ang pagkakaugat kay Hesus. We see these two aspects of an apostle at work in the life of our patron, St. Jude,” he added.
The feast of St. Jude is celebrated every 28th October. He is one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and is known to be the patron saint of desperate causes, desperate situations, lost causes and impossible causes.
According to the Cardinal, St. Jude’s intercession is so powerful especially in impossible causes because of his deep connection to Jesus.
“St. Jude was connected to Jesus not only because he was a close relative of the Lord but also because he stayed close to Jesus and learned much from him. He was a firsthand witness to everything that Jesus did and taught,” he said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Screenshot from National Shrine of St, Jude Manila Facebook page)