Scripture: 1st Reading: Acts1,15-17,20-26; Resp. Psalm: Ps113,1-8; Gosp. Accl.: Jn15,16; Gospel: Jn15,9-17
The work of the gospel must go on till the end of time. Every preacher is a servant of the mysteries of the kingdom, a servant and witness to the resurrection of the Lord. Every believer who is a witness to the mystery of the life of our Lord had a time allotted to do the work given to him/her to accomplish.
When God gives anyone an opportunity to work for Him, it must always be seen as a privilege a very rare privilege to collaborate with the God of heaven and earth. That is one important chance that no one must ever allow to slip by or be careless about. This is because God could raise up stones to bear witness to Him.
The work of bearing witness to the resurrection had to continue after the terrible betrayal and the suicide of Judas. The Apostles came to the intuition that the Lord did not choose twelve men as Apostles for the sake of convenience. They knew the significance of the number twelve as representing the new Israel, the new twelve tribes of the household of God in the Spirit.
They decided to fill up the space left by Judas. St. Matthias, who had been with them from the beginning, from the time of the baptism of John, until the day of our Lord's Ascension into heaven, was chosen as a witness to the resurrection and enrolled with the eleven other disciples.
In the life of St. Matthias, the words of our Lord in today's gospel passage became fulfilled. Our Lord told His disciples to remain in His love. He commanded them to keep His commandments and abide in His love. If they do this, their joy would be full.
Those who believe in Him were called to love one another. That love is to be patterned after His love for them. The model of love that He gave is self-emptying and self sacrificing. This love is the one He had for His friends when He laid down His life for them. They were the friends for whom He laid down His life.
St. Matthias lived his entire life loving the Lord whom he had come to believe and loving his neighbours. He was totally on fire with the Lord. The Lord Jesus was everything to him. He lived and died for Him. We pray to our Lord today, through the intercession of this great Apostle, for the power to witness to His resurrection and live in our daily lives the implications of our witnessing.
Let us pray: "O God, who assigned Saint Matthias a place in the college of Apostles, grant us, through his intercession, that rejoicing at how your love has been allotted to us, we may merit to be numbered among your elect." Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.