Monday, May 13, 2013

“You, Lord, know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this apostolic ministry.” (Acts 1: 24)

Today is the feast of St. Matthias and the readings continue in the Easter climate and in preparation for Pentecost.  The certainty of Jesus’ Resurrection allows the apostles to recall with intensity what they had heard, the circularity with the Father that He declared ‘I have told you everything I have heard from my Father’, assuring them that He had chosen them and now guides their choices.

They must substitute Judas because they want to remain in twelve.  They intelligently select from among the hundreds of friends that constitute the embryonic Church.  They set criteria.  The one chosen must have been present at Jesus’ Baptism, a witness to the whole Christ event, perhaps one of the 72 Jesus had sent to work signs and say new words in His name.  The ones who, on their return after casting out demons, heard Jesus tell them, ‘Rejoice, because your names are written in Heaven’.  Two names are individuated.  The Holy Spirit is already operative with power and light in these courageous apostles, who leave the final decision to Him after they have done their detailed  discernment.  They entrust two names to the Spirit and have them draw lots.  They leave the last word to Love.  The Spirit has the responsibility of individuating the one called.

- Living Scriptures