Friday, May 14, 2010

St Matthias~Witness To The Resurrection


The saint's whose feast we celebrate today is not someone we hear much about in Scripture. Before Our Lord Ascended into heaven, He gave the Apostles a mission; they were to go and bear witness to Him and spread His teachings to all corners of the earth. The Apostles, however, were one short of the twelve they began with. There are I am sure many reasons why they felt they needed to fill Judas' place. Perhaps since Jesus chose twelve to begin with, they felt that they should keep that number. I also think that because they were of Jewish origin that they felt the connection to the twelve tribes of Israel. Perhaps, unbeknown-st to us, Our Lord even told them to choose a replacement for Judas. All of that is really not important for us to know.
The story of how Matthias was chosen can be found in today's Mass reading in Acts 1:15-17, 20-26. We know that the principle reason Matthias was chosen was that he was a witness to Jesus' Resurrection.
Let us ask this saintly Apostle's intercession in helping us to bear witness to Christ and His teaching in our world today.
Father,
You called  Saint Matthias to share in the mission of the apostles.
By the help of his prayers may we receive with joy the love You share with us and be counted among those You have chosen.
We ask this through Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit one God forever and ever.
(Opening Prayer for Mass)

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Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.