VIGIL OF ST. SIMON AND ST. JUDE, APOSTLES.
"THE harvest is past, the summer is ended," writes the Prophet Jeremiah.
Even so this vigil overtakes us in the waning natural year, with harvest past and summer ended.
What has been sown has also been reaped. After the reapers the gleaners have followed: the last ears have been gathered in. It is too late now to sow, whether or not we have sown long ago; or to reap, whether or not we have already reaped.
"The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved," writes the Prophet Jeremiah.
And wiser than he, and more full of tenderness, Christ wept over Jerusalem, saying, "If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes."
Nevertheless, to-day, while it is called to-day, He still calls us, saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the Gospel."