May 3 St. James
PHILIP AND JAMES
PHILIP was of Bethsaida. When Philip saw Christ for the first time, he went to Nathaniel and told him about the Master: "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law and the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Joseph." Nathaniel asked, "Can any good come out of Nazareth?" Philip answered, "Come and see." Both followed our Lord.
At the Last Supper Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and it is enough for us." He preached the Gospel in Asia Minor and was crucified there in the year 80. This is the meaning of the cross he holds.
James the Less was a cousin of our Lord and a brother of the Apostle Jude. He was known as James the Just, because from the time he was a very young man he had led a life of penance and prayer.
James was given one of the first visions of the Risen Savior. He was appointed Bishop of Jerusalem and was highly respected by Jews and Gentiles. At the age of eighty-six, he was flung from the top of a tower for honoring Christ as the Son of God. He was then struck on the head as he prayed for his enemies. The sword represents his martyrdom for Christ.
Lord God, we enjoy celebrating the annual feast of Your Apostles Sts. Philip and James. Through their prayers let us share in the Passion and the Resurrection of Your Son and help us merit Your eternal presence.
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