Friday, May 14, 2010
Saint Matthias, Apostle
From the Acts of the Apostles (1:15-26):
In those days Peter rising up in the midst of the brethren, said: (now the number of persons together was about an hundred and twenty):
Men, brethren, the scripture must needs be fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who was the leader of them that apprehended Jesus.
Who was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.
And he indeed hath possessed a field of the reward of iniquity, and being hanged, burst asunder in the midst: and all his bowels gushed out.
And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem: so that the same field was called in their tongue, Haceldama, that is to say, the field of blood.
For it is written in the book of Psalms: Let their habitation become desolate, and let there be none to dwell therein. And his bishopric let another take.
Wherefore of these men who have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus came in and went out among us,
Beginning from the baptism of John, until the day wherein he was taken up from us, one of these must be made a witness with us of his resurrection.
And they appointed two, Joseph, called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
And praying, they said: Thou Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, show whether of these two thou hast chosen,
To take the place of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas hath by transgression fallen, that he might go to his own place.
And they gave them lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Father, You called Saint Matthias to share in the mission of the apostles. By the help of his prayers may we receive with joy the love You share with us and be counted among those You have chosen. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.