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Judas Thaddeus, the Apostle


Thaddeus means “big hearted” became the surname of Judas to distinguish him from Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus. According to tradition, Thaddeus preached in Assyria and Persia and was martyred in Persia. He was also known as Judas the Zealot because of his enthusiasm to see Jesus ruling the world. At the last supper, he asked Jesus: “Master, then what happened that you would reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” (Jn 14:22). He wanted to publicize Jesus as a ruling king. Judas Thaddeus preached in Edessa and healed Abgar, the king of Edessa. The enemies clubbed him to death at Ararat.


Judas was a popular name among the Jews because it represented the tribal head of the Jews. Thaddeus had a big heart to love Jesus and share that live with others throughout his exemplary life. Let us also be kind hearted in serving others and passionate is spreading the gospel.

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