April 27, 2017

A Special Attribute of St. Simon of Jerusalem


Something I Really Like About St. Simon of Jerusalem
All four Gospels present a rejection of Jesus by those who had known him and his family before he began his mission. Matthew and Mark include how Simon was one of Jesus' "brothers" within their accounts of his rejection at Nazareth ... his hometown.  Jesus profoundly replied:

A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his own house. 
Matthew 13:57 & Mark 6:4

Yet, Simon ... at least a relative or good friend ... still believed.  Despite the probable pressure to scorn and condemn Jesus, being from Nazareth himself and surrounded by those with attitudes of non-acceptance, Simon persisted in belief.  His heart must have been very close to God, and he was able to see through the disapproval of Jesus and instead, follow the way, the truth, and the life.  I love people who resist the pressure of herd mentality and do what they know pleases God.

Another Intriguing Verse:


When his (Jesus') relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, 
for they said, "He is out of his mind."  
Mark 3:21

Based on his evident spiritual integrity, I highly doubt that St. Simon of Jerusalem participated with this group of relatives.

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