Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle
May 14, 2010
Acts 1: 15-17; 20-26
Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Matthias, the Apostle who was chosen to take the place of Judas Iscariot who betrayed Christianity for thirty pieces of silver.
It is important to note the qualifications this new Apostle must have as they were explained by Peter, the Chief of the Apostolic College.
“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.”
(Acts 1: 15-17; 20-26)
It is essential this newly elected member of the Apostolic College to have been with Christianity “from the beginning;” that this new member to have been “a witness to all Jesus said and did.” Matthias is chosen for these very reasons.
What significance does this requirement have for us today as we near the Feast of Pentecost? It means that a person who is a witness give testimony on behalf of another person, namely, Jesus of Nazareth.
The Apostles were witnesses to Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. They spoke of Him and lived lives that were a reflection of Christianity.
This same witness is expected of you and of me because we have received the Holy Spirit and His Gifts. May our words and actions be such that they proclaim our belief in the Resurrected Christianity. May those among whom we live and work see and hear the Risen Christianity in our daily witness, today and always.