Hope all’s well.
The requirements for becoming an apostle were to have known Christ personally, to have followed him during his entire earthly life, to have seen him after his resurrection, and to be appointed by Jesus.
Matthias fulfilled all these requirements. He had been a disciple of Jesus. He knew Christ. He saw him after his resurrection. Matthias was therefore elected to take Judas’ place making up the 12 again. It’s his feast day today.
Before the election for Judas’ vacant place to be filled, Peter and the whole community prayed to God, because the choice is not to be theirs.
A reminder that a vocation is always God’s choice.
The truth is each of us has a vocation. Each of us is chosen. Each of us is called.
A line from today’s gospel is, ‘You did not choose me, I chose you’
Each of us is called to saintliness, to holiness, to be a follower, to be Christ like.
We received this vocation, this calling first in baptism.
What’s good to remind ourselves often of is, I am baptised, I am chosen, I am called, I am to be Christ like. Not I was baptised. Not I was called. Not I was chosen.
I am called to try to do my best to do God’s will.
Today, believers of all religions are uniting spiritually for a day of prayer, fasting, and works of charity, to implore God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus pandemic.
So, remember unite with other believers today to pray, fast and perform works of charity.
Hope you have a lovely day