Posted by: livingscripture | May 14, 2015

Sixth Thursday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

“Yes, Lord, you know the hearts of all, show which one of these you have chosen to take the place in this apostolic ministry from which Judas turned away to go to his own place.”   

(Acts 1: 25)

How should we live this Wordmatthias_castlots[1]

 No one had spoken of him in the Gospels.  He is only named by Luke in Acts as the person chosen to substitute the twelfth apostle, Judas, who is no longer.  And yet, Matthias is a very faithful follower of Jesus and known by everyone as one of the first hour.  The entrance of Matthias into the group of the twelve, shows how rooted in the Jewish mentality was the number 12, so much so as to give the idea of imperfection that would perhaps influence even the return of Jesus.

It also says how immediately, besides the Twelve, there were others who followed Jesus and shared His itinerant experience.  This is why at a certain point, there are 72 disciples ready to go from house to house.  This is also why, on the night of the Passion, there are other men and women besides the Twelve who share with Jesus as much as they can in the precipitation of events.  These are the same ones who become disoriented and spread out after His execution and death, but who are also the protagonists of the various apparitions of the Risen Jesus.

Matthias is without a face, but he will leave many other traces.  He does not write a Gospel or a Letter.  But he is an apostle.  Going beyond Jewish traditions, the substitution of the twelfth apostle left empty by Judas, symbolically opens to all, the honor of taking that place and being apostles, so that the universality in space and time represented by the number twelve, will be possible.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I shall thank Jesus for giving me the opportunity to be His follower, His apostle.

Lord, for us Matthias is the sign of gratuitous and faithful service that many people live.  It is a witness that has no need of ostentation or of apology but that builds from below the continuous enculturation of the Word in time and in traditions.  Grant that our way of being Christians may also be this way, more concerned for fidelity to humanity and to God that for power, fame, or prestige.

The Voice of Oreste Benzi, Prophet of Gratuity and of Service

We live in a society of profit.  Humans invest what they are and what they have to increase what they have invested.  In the society of gratuity instead, humans invest to participate and communicate, and the criteria for working to produce goods for all is love.

 

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