Thursday 14 May

Today is Thursday the 14 May, the feast of St Matthias, in the 5th week of Easter.  

One Hope Project sing, ‘My Soul Rests’.   

Today’s reading is from the Acts of the Apostles.      

Acts 1 : 15-17, 20-26

In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred and twenty people) and said, ‘Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus— for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.’ ‘For it is written in the book of Psalms, “Let his homestead become desolate, and let there be no one to live in it”; and “Let another take his position of overseer.” So one of the men who have accompanied us throughout the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.’ So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said, ‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us 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.’ And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.  

Matthias is one of the men who accompanied the Twelve throughout the time Jesus lived among us. With others he is a privileged witness of the resurrection. For a moment I recall the journey of Jesus from his baptism to the Ascension, and I watch the disciples as they follow him…  

The Lord knows the heart of man. He knows what is good for me. He chooses me to take my place as a disciple in His Church. I take a moment to ponder this role... I give thanks for the work done and the work that remains to be done…  

Matthias was associated with the Eleven after the Ascension. And I too am associated with the mission of Christ. I take a moment to entrust to the Lord all those who, with me, participate in this mission in all the diversity of the Church's services: catechists, deacons, priests, chaplains and all those committed to serving in the faith.  

I listen to the story a second time, paying attention to the circumstances that led the Eleven to choose someone to replace Judas.  

I talk now with Jesus, asking him to enlighten me about a choice I have to make or a grace to receive according to what will be presented to me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.