May 14, 2021 – Feast of St. Matthias
Each day, I reflect upon a word or phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.
“…show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this apostolic ministry…” (Acts 1:24-25)
APOSTOLIC MINISTRY: The brief scripture passage above details the circumstances by which Matthias became one of the twelve apostles. The apostles needed to replace Judas, so they had two longtime, disciples draw lots to see who would become one of the twelve.
Perhaps even more important in the passage is the realization that the ministry in which they were called to participate was apostolic in nature. When Jesus was with them, they were followers. Jesus did the heavy lifting and they were witnesses.
Toward the end of Jesus’ earthly life, he made it clear to his followers that they needed to continue his ministry when he was gone; they needed to “go out and preach the gospel to every living creature.”
They were witnesses, so now they must share that witness. They were apostles. An apostle is “one sent out on a mission.” Matthias became one of the Twelve and once the Holy Spirit descended on the group, they had the courage to take on that mission.
We, too, are a part of this apostolic ministry. We are witnesses of Jesus Christ as well. We cannot give firsthand accounts like the original apostles, but we can certainly share our experiences of Jesus. We can tell how we have drawn strength from his presence, found joy when we’ve allowed his love into our hearts, or experienced renewal through his forgiveness or the forgiveness of others.
We can also be a part of the apostolic ministry by how we live our lives. When we love others as God loves us, we are “preaching the gospel.”
The feast of Matthias is a good day to recognize our kinship with him. We have been chosen to be a part of the Twelve as well.