FEB. 18. St. Simeon, Bishop, Martyr: St. Simeon, son of Cleophas and of Mary, who was so closely related to the Blessed Virgin as to be called her sister, “ was anointed with holy oil” (Gradual) and became bishop of Jerusalem after St. James the Less. A disciple of Christ, whom he had known, he was for this reason arrested and crucified (Gospel). Although he was 120 years of age, the venerable old man “suffered this cruel punishment with constancy and received the crown of life which God prepares for those who love Him” (Epistle). His martyrdom took place in 107 a.D. under the Emperor Trajan.
Like St. Simeon, let us unite ourselves to Jesus by dying to sin at this holy season of penance.