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Fr. Emmanuel Akalue
On this Feast of the Apostles, Simon and Jude, we share this message, “The Significance and irreplaceability of the Apostles as Foundation Stones of the Church.” Beloved, not a lot is known about Apostle Simon, except that he was martyred. But St. Jude (Judas Thaddeus) was a cousin of the Lord and of St James (cf. Gal 1:17; Jude 1:1). He asked the Lord, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” (John 14:21). The Lord’s reply gives us tremendous hope: “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him” (John 14:23).
Today, many people do not understand the Church from the Word of God. They think any human being can found a church and indeed we see the proliferation of so-
The Old People of God, Israel, was founded upon twelve tribes, representing the twelve foundation stones (cf. Exod 28:21; Josh 4:3, 8-
Accordingly, in our First Reading (Eph 2:19-