Has anyone wondered why St. Jude has been given by God such great powers of intercession? Out of all the thousands of saints, why is it that so many people ask Jude for help and get it?
Various sources have St. Jude preaching in Judea, Samaria, Idumea, Syria, Mesopotamia, Libya, Persia, and Armenia.
I think the key to his role as intercessor is not just a long tradition of answered prayers, but the fact that Jude writes to a Church under persecution in his epistle.
Let me highlight some of the text for a hint to his power of intercession. Note that he is the brother of James the Lesser, and therefore, like James, a cousin of Jesus through Mary's relations.
The first hint we have of persecution is the word "contend", which means to struggle or assert strongly. The second hint of real trouble in the Church is his reference to "ungodly men" who were known for a long time to have infiltrated the Church and are enemies of God.
This sounds like a news bulletin from Michael Voris last week from Rome.
Jude reminds his audience that men will be judged by Christ, just as the fallen angels have been. Jude clearly refers to the fact that some people are in hell. His list of sins reveals serious mortal evils, such as impurity and blasphemy.
Then, we see the mysterious, Jewish story of how St. Michael fought with the devil over Moses after Moses died because of the prophet's sin at Meribah, when Moses in pride and anger struck the Rock of Horeb three times instead of one, disobeying God.
Archangel Michael took Moses' body from satan, from corruption, meaning that Moses was
body and soul in heaven, like Enoch, mentioned in this epistle as well, (and Elijah). The fact that Moses and Elijah are present with Christ at the Transfiguration supports this belief. But, the point of Jude is that there is a spiritual battle going on, constantly in the Church.
Jude lists three types of sin which are present in his congregations-the sin of Cain which is murdering a brother; the sin of Balaam, which is prophesying for money; and the sin of Core, or Korah, a relation of Moses, who with Dathan and Abiram, rebelled against Moses and were swallowed up in the opening of the earth in the book of Numbers. Core is a symbolic person for the sins of murmuring and rebellion against God's anointed leader, Moses, a sin to which Jude refers. Is this not a major sin in today's Catholic Church among the laity-complaining against leaders? And is rebellion not a sin we have seen for seventy years, at least, among the clergy and laity?
Now, Jude is obviously writing to Jewish Christians who would know all these Biblical references.
Continuing, one sees a letter full of warning against these sinners within the Church. The phrase, "admiring people for gain's sake" reminds me of certain prelates in the States who hob-nob with the enemies of Truth.
Jude adds mocking to the list and is not God mocked today in the West and in Rome itself?
Jude reminds his readers that they are saved only through Christ, through repentance, and through residing in faith, hope and love. Note that Jude calls his congregation to perfection, to being pure and spotless, without sin.
This section is not poetry, or exaggeration, but the reality of the necessity of purification and great holiness in the face of persecution and hard times within the Church.
Some persons have been brought back to Christianity, which Jude notes, by being reproved.
Again, we must pray for those in the Church who hate the Truth, and want to make God into their own image and likeness.
That Jude brought the Gospel to such difficult places, that he converted Jews, that he traveled far and wide, and was martyred cruelly, indicates a man with great strength of character and a man of great faith.
As an apostle working in areas where the Church was being torn apart from within, most likely by the growing Gnostic threat, he seems a champion for our time.
His intercession would be powerful as he had to face difficulties and lead people under circumstances of chaos and confusion.
Does this sound familiar?
A man in his situation would be strong, courageous, forthright and would be pure in spirit. His words, although few, indicated someone who is able to face horrific problems and deal with them, as a leader, as a saint.
Such a man who contended with so many problems with his people on earth would be a great intercessor for hopeless cases in heaven.
We should be praying to him for those in Europe and elsewhere within the Church, who are bent on destroying God's work from within.
Jude's power comes out of the fire of persecution.
In addition, I want to point out his few lines of metaphors regarding those who are trying to ruin Christ's Church.
Jude calls them clouds without water, which are carried about by winds, trees of the autumn, unfruitful, twice dead, plucked up by the roots,