Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle
Malvern Minute

 

Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle

May 14, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle of Jesus – Martyred in Ethiopia

Acts of the Apostles 1:15-17, 20-26

Psalm 113

John 15:9-17

Today is the feast day of Saint Matthias.  How do we share in the “luck” of Saint Matthias who joined the apostles after lots were cast to see who would replace Judas as the twelfth apostle?  Can you imagine what he might have been thinking?  What and where would my ministry be?  How would we I live my life?    How can we share this “luck” in today’s world?  The selection was justified when the Holy Spirt descended upon the apostles among whom Saint Matthias was then numbered.  According to the Greeks, Saint Matthias suffered martyrdom in Colchis, which is now called Ethiopia.

Daily Reflection:

Saint John is often called the apostle of love.  He speaks of love throughout his Gospel as he demonstrates his own great love to both Jesus and His blessed mother, Mary. Today John gives us a short and simple yet profound statement of love that comes from Jesus to John and the other apostles.  The Words of Jesus are addressed not only to the apostles and disciples, but through the Gospel of John they are addressed to all of us who know and follow Jesus.  He has kept his commandments of God the Father and He remains in His love.  Jesus tells us that if we keep the commandments we will remain in His love.  To remain in the love of Jesus is something that we should be our utmost desire. 

Love is often a very profound human motion.  We have all seem movies and TV programs that depict the depths to which human love can move people.  Famous authors have written great love stories that continually stir the hearts of their readers.  The love we have for our spouse, children, family, friends, and so on create the powerful emotion of love within all of us.

When I read today’s Gospel narrative I asked myself if my heart is moved by the love Jesus has for me.  Am I moved to love Jesus in return?  I believe the answer is yes because the story of Jesus Christ is “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”  I realize that the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus as the single event that changed the world forever.  His three year public ministry of teaching, preaching and healing is legacy of love for us to live and die by.  

Our Lord ends today’s teaching by assuring us that if we follow the commandments and remain in His love, our joy will be complete.  These words of Jesus always remind me of what He said to the good thief, “This day you will be with me in paradise.”  Can there be any earthly joy more complete than hearing those words from Jesus?  This is the joy that all of us long to experience.  The expectation of joy like this is the main reason that we should pay close attention to this gospel reading.  It is why we should continue our efforts to keep the commandments and remain in the love of Jesus.

Question of the Day:  Will you love the Lord Jesus as unconditionally as He loves you?

Prayer:  Lord God, You chose Saint Matthias t be an Apostle replacing Judas.  Through his intercession may we enjoy the reward of Your love and be numbered among the elect.  Amen.  (From “Lives of the Saints,” Catholic Book Publishing Company.)

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.

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