Friday, May 14, 2010

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Pope Benedict XVI waves from the door of a plane at the Sa Carneiro Airport, in Porto, Portugal, Friday, May 14, 2010, after celebrating a mass closing his four-day visit to Portugal. (Daylife-Reuters, AP & Getty Images)

Pope Benedict XVI arrives to celebrate a mass at the Aliados Avenue in Porto on May 14, 2010, on the last day of his official visit to Portugal. Pope Benedict XVI on May 14 holds the last outdoor mass of his landmark tour to Portugal.(Daylife Photos)

St. Matthias:

According to Acts 1:15-26, during the days after the Ascension, Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers (about 120 of Jesus’ followers). Now that Judas had betrayed his ministry, it was necessary, Peter said, to fulfill the scriptural recommendation: “May another take his office.”

“Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us the whole time the Lord Jesus came and went among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day on which he was taken up from us, become with us a witness to his resurrection” (Acts 1:21-22).

They nominated two men: Joseph Barsabbas and Matthias. They prayed and drew lots. The choice fell upon Matthias, who was added to the Eleven.

Matthias is not mentioned by name anywhere else in the New Testament.


What was the holiness of Matthias? Obviously he was suited for apostleship by the experience of being with Jesus from his baptism to his ascension. He must also have been suited personally, or he would not have been nominated for so great a responsibility. Must we not remind ourselves that the fundamental holiness of Matthias was his receiving gladly the relationship with the Father offered him by Jesus and completed by the Holy Spirit?

If the apostles are the foundations of our faith by their witness, they must also be reminders, if only implicitly, that holiness is entirely a matter of God’s giving, and it is offered to all, in the everyday circumstances of life. We receive, and even for this God supplies the power of freedom.


Jesus speaks of the apostles’ function of being judges, that is, rulers. He said, “Amen, I say to you that you who have followed me, in the new age, when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory, will yourselves sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matthew 19:28).

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If you missed this morning’s live coverage of the Pope’s final Mass and farewell ceremony, it will air once again on Salt + Light Television, Friday evening, May 14th, at 8pm ET/5pm PT

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