Posted by: livingscripture | May 14, 2018

Feast of St. Matthias Apostle

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Seventh Monday of Easter, May 14, 2018

 WORD of the DAY 

 Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us the whole time the Lord Jesus came and went among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day on which he was taken up from us, become with us a witness to his resurrection.”   So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.  Then they prayed, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this apostolic ministry from which Judas turned away to go to his own place.”  Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the eleven apostles.   (Acts 1: 20-26)

 How shall I live this Word?

We are entering the seventh week of Easter, the last one that prepares us to receive the Holy Spirit on the solemnity of Pentecost next Sunday.  Today is the feast of St. Matthias, Apostle and it seems that the election by drawing lots for this Apostle has something important to say to us today.  The first teaching is that according to the Apostles, the first way to become an authentic witness, the candidate chosen must have shared the historical events of the public ministry of Jesus.  It is an important detail that Jesus’ resurrection must be connected closely with the pre-Easter events in Jesus’ life.  In fact, for a Christian, faith is always grafted onto the history open to God who visits it and saves it.  Thus, the text reads, “it is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us the whole time the Lord Jesus came and went among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day on which he was taken up from us, become with us a witness to his resurrection”.   The Risen Christ and the Pre-Easter Christ together solidly form the unity of the history of salvation.

The second teaching is the fact that the whole event of the election of Matthias concludes with a prayer: “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this apostolic ministry from which Judas turned away to go to his own place”.  With this simple prayer, the Apostles clearly show that the choice they are about to make is not the work of their hands but is totally entrusted to the will and intervention of the Lord.  Clearly it is an optimal teaching for us as well to always keep our decisions open to God’s will and to inspire our choices on those of the Lord.

In our way of thinking today, we would have made detailed investigations of the proposed two candidates.  Instead, the Lord uses other ways to reveal His will!  It seems that Joseph would have merited being elected, even if only because he was called the ‘Just’, which bore witness to the holiness of the man.  But God’s plans were different! 

The voice of the Liturgy, Collect prayer of the Feast of St. Matthias  

O God, Who wanted to add St. Matthias to the college of the Apostles, through his intercession grant to us as well, who have received your friendship, to be counted among the number of the elect.

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