Learn more about St. Matthias: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=5
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051416.cfm
Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers and sisters (there was a group of about one hundred and twenty persons in the one place). He said, “My brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand through the mouth of David, concerning Judas, who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus. Judas was numbered among us and was allotted a share in this ministry. For it is written in the Book of Psalms:
Let his encampment become desolate, and may no one dwell in it.
May another take his office.
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.
Peter took his place as the leader of the Church as Christ had appointed him. They took the prophecy in Psalms as direction to replace Judas. They fulfilled the Scripture as Jesus directed them. Do we follow the Scripture as Jesus directs us? Are we steeped in Scripture as they were? Why not?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to remain in your word so I may always follow what you direct. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people, Alleluia!