“You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside, to go to his own place.” ~ Acts 1: 24-25
In today’s scriptures we learned about the discernment of Matthias to replace Judas. Matthias had been with the Lord and the apostles “beginning from the baptism of John until the day on which he was taken up.” Therefore, Matthias was no stranger to the Lord’s and the apostles’ ministries. Of course, this meant that he knew that to become an apostle of the Lord would lead to persecution and possibly death. Indeed that is what happened to Matthias, who was stoned to death.
When I reflect about Matthias I think about the courage that it takes to be a servant of God. It is not simply a matter of faith; it takes love: to give ourselves fully and completely without regard for ourselves. This may sound cliche but think about the times when we have shied away from speaking about our faith, to pray in public or making a sign of a cross because we are concerned with embarrassment or our reputation.
St. Matthias, like all saints, remind us to put our lives in perspective. Moreover, they remind us to be grateful to all the Christians who through our history who have suffered so we can experience God in our lives.
As we go about our day, let’s be praise God for the gift of Matthias; an example to all the saints for being examples of God’s