Feast Day of Sts. Philip and James – Could 2nd

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Quilted icon banner of St. Philip and St. James from the Community of Jesus

Quilted banner of St Philip and St James.

We celebrate two faithful servants of God nowadays, two disciples from a band of twelve that walked beside Jesus on His earthly journey.  They are linked simply because the relics of every single had been brought to Rome on the similar early day in Could.

Let’s start with Philip, whom Jesus named saying just, “Follow me.” Philip was an outgoing and enthusiastic man and did not hesitate to get in touch with other people. It was Philip that brought Nathanael to Jesus.  “We have discovered the one particular about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets. Jesus son of Joseph from Galilee,” he announced, to which Nathanael famously replied, “Can something very good come from Nazareth?” John 1:45, 46 Undeterred, Philip invites his pal to come and see for himself. Nonetheless, like all of us, Philip had his instances of doubt. When asked by Jesus to acquire bread for the good multitude of these gathered to listen, Philip answered that not two hundred days of wages would feed so numerous, not even a tiny.  He was also the one particular who asked the Lord Jesus that most embarrassing of queries, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be sufficient for us.” John 14:8   Philip suffered martyrdom in Greece throughout the reign of the Roman Emperor, Domitian. Crucified upside down, he remained Christ’s loyal pal and disciple to the finish.

James, the Son of Alphaeus, was selected by Jesus to be one particular of the twelve pillars of His church, the New Israel.  This James was recognized as James the Lesser, an indication that James, the son of Zebedee, and recognized as James the Higher, was the older of the two apostles.  James the Lesser is identified as the author of the Epistle of James and assumed to be the 1st Bishop of Jerusalem.  He, like Philip, died a martyr’s death. For the duration of the time of Nero, Emperor of Rome, James was arrested throughout Passover, about the year A.D. 62.  He was ordered to stand on top rated of the Jerusalem wall and preach against Jesus.  As an alternative, he climbed to the top rated and told all who would listen about the death and resurrection of Christ.  Soldiers threw him from the wall, and when the fall did not kill him, stoned him to death. He died on that day, at that location, a faithful follower of the Lord he loved.

 

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