Acts 1:15-17, 20-26
Matthias replaces Judas Iscariot as one of the 12 apostles who will carry on the mission of Jesus to the ends of the earth. He is chosen by the method of drawing lots in order to demonstrate that He is God’s choice and not merely the choice of men. It is not that others are not chosen to serve the Lord but that there are some who are called to positions of particular responsibility in this regard. Being an apostle may sound as though it is more privilege than service and this may sometimes, unfortunately, be the lived experience of some people as regards their leaders. However, Jesus is very clear in the Gospels that true leadership is a life of service and laying down one’s life for the Gospel. Let us follow the example of Matthias and his eventual martyrdom as we seek to serve the Lord with all our heart, mind and being.
15 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, 16 “My brothers, 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. 17 He was numbered among us and was allotted a share in this ministry. 20 For it is written in the Book of Psalms: ‘Let his encampment become desolate, and may no one dwell in it.’ And: ‘May another take his office.’ 21 Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us the whole time the Lord Jesus came and went among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day on which the LORD Jesus was taken up from us, become with us a witness to his resurrection.” 23 So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, “You, LORD, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this apostolic ministry from which Judas turned away to go to his own place.” 26 Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the Eleven Apostles.
P S A L M
Psalm 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
R: The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
1 Praise, you servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. 2 Blessed be the name of the LORD both now and forever. 3 From the rising to the setting of the sun is the name of the LORD to be praised. 4 High above all nations is the LORD; above the heavens is his glory. 5 Who is like the LORD, our God, who is enthroned on high 6 and looks upon the heavens and the earth below? 7 He raises up the lowly from the dust; from the dunghill he lifts up the poor 8 to seat them with princes, with the princes of his own people.
G O S P E L
The greatest expression of love is one’s willingness to lay down one’s life for another. We see an example of this in the life of Maximilian Kolbe when he offers his life in the place of a man who is unjustly condemned to die. In this example we saw the wonderful beauty of his sacrifice magnified as the man was able to return to his family and care for them after the horror of the war was over. This is the power of love – it enables the seemingly impossible to happen.
9 As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. 12 This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. 16 It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. 17 This I command you: love one another.”
think: This is the power of love – it enables the seemingly impossible to happen.
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