Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Memorial Feasts: Saint Philip, Apostle (3AD-+80AD) Patron Saint of Pastry Chefs, and Saint James, Apostle (c.3AD-+44AD) Patron of Veterinarians
1 Corinthians 15:1-8, Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5, & John 14:6-14
Today our readings tell us that the example of the Apostles, namely Philip and James, is the surest and direct path to heaven. They suffered and were persecuted, but they placed their confidence in God, and now they rejoice in heaven. We, too, must have confidence in God and not be troubled in our trials and adversities. In our Father’s house, there are many mansions, and if we follow the way indicated by Him, Christ will come at the end of our life on earth and take us to Himself.
The following is a short biography on Saints Philip and James: The Apostle Philip was one of Christ’s first disciples, called soon after his Master’s baptism in the Jordan River. The fourth Gospel gives the following details: “The next day Jesus was about to leave for Galilee, and He found Philip. And Jesus said to him: Follow Me. Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathaniel and said to him: We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and the Prophets wrote, Jesus, Son of Joseph of Nazareth. And Nathaniel said to him. Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Philip said to him: Come and see.” (John 1:43) After the Ascension, Philip preached in Hierapolis and was martyred upside down on the cross along with Bartholomew.
Saint James the Less, a brother of the Apostle Jude, was of Cana of Galilee. He is the author of one of the Catholic Epistles in the New Testament. He was favored by an appearance of the Risen Christ (1 Cor. 15:7.) After the dispersion of the Apostles, he was made Bishop Jerusalem. When he refused to deny the Divinity of Christ, the Jews cast him down from the terrace of the temple and clubbed him to death. As he laid dying, he raised his hands toward heaven and prayed to God for the salvation of his enemies, saying, “Lord, forgive them for they know not what they do!”
Question of the Day: How will you follow the examples set by the Apostles as explained in the Acts of the Apostles?
Prayer: My Savior, let me set a Christian example such as Your Apostles Saints Philip and James, for others to follow. Amen.