— Bishop and Martyr
St. Simeon, son of Cleophas and of Mary, who was so closely related to the Blessed Virgin as to be called her sister, became Bishop of Jerusalem after the apostle St. James.
And whosoever doth not carry his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. — Gospel, Luke 14
The Imitation of Christ
For even our Lord Jesus Christ Himself was not for one hour of His life without the anguish of His passion. “It behooved,” said He, “that Christ should suffer, and rise from the dead, and so enter into His glory.”
St. Simeon was rather closely related to our Lady. Do you think that a great honor? It is; but yours is greater; you are her child; Jesus is your brother. Before He died He willed her to us as it were. You would have been shocked if our Lady's had not been good. We say “They should be saints.” And you?
Has your mother at home ever chided you with “You're a disgrace to the family”? We do not always do credit to our self-sacrificing parents, it is true, but try today to be a credit, too, to your Mother and your Brother.
Make my heart like Thine, sweet Lord!