Saint for the Day - February 24 - St. Matthias,
After our blessed
Lord's Ascension, his disciples met together, with
Mary His mother and the eleven apostles, in an upper
room at Jerusalem. The little company numbered no
more than one hundred and twenty souls. They were
waiting for the promised coining of the Holy Ghost,
and they persevered in prayer.
Meanwhile there was a solemn act to be performed on
the part of the Church, which could not be
postponed. The place of the fallen Judas must be
filled up, that the elect number of the apostles
might be complete. St. Peter, therefore, as Vicar of
Christ, arose to announce the divine decree. That
which the Holy Ghost had spoken by the mouth of
David concerning Judas, he said, must be fulfilled.
Of him it had been written, "His bishopric let
another take." A choice, therefore, was to be made
of one among those who had been their companions
from the beginning, who could bear witness to the
Resurrection of Jesus. Two were named of equal
merit, Joseph called Barsabas, and Matthias.
Then, after praying to God, Who knows the hearts of
all men, to show which of these He had chosen, they
cast lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias, who was
forthwith numbered with the apostles. It is recorded
of the Saint, thus wonderfully elected to so high a
vocation, that he was above all remarkable for his
mortification of the flesh. It was thus that he made
his election sure.
Saint for the Day - St. Matthias, Apostle
Read about the Saint for today - February 24 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Our ignorance of many points in
St. Matthias's life serves to
fix the attention all the more
firmly upon these two—the
occasion of his call to the
apostolate, and the fact of his
perseverance. We then naturally
turn in thought to our own
vocation and our own end.
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