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St Matthias

Thursday, May 14, 2015

We don't know many things about Matthias. The only thing that Luke says about him in the Acts of the Apostles is that he is one of the men who have accompanied the Apostles during the life of Jesus from his baptism until the ascension and that he is a witness of his resurrection (Acts 1:21-22). In fact, Luke, thanks to the person of Matthias, says more about what it is to be an Apostle. Because Matthias is indeed an apostle, added to the eleven others after the death of Judas.

First, the Apostles were ordained twelve, with an eye to the twelve tribes of Israel, descended from the twelve patriarchs; they were the twelve stars that make up the church's crown (Rev 12:1), and for them twelve thrones were designated. After Judas' death, one was missing. But the Scripture has to be fulfilled, as Peter said (Acts 1:16). Therefore another has to take his position. To some extent, the more important about the number 'twelve' is that it fulfils the Scripture. As Jesus interpreted to the disciples of Emmaus the things about himself in all the scriptures (Lk 24:27), the institution of the Apostles has been fulfilled according to the same scriptures. This is God's plan of salvation and this suffers any purpose of its to be frustrated.

Secondly, the great thing which the apostles were to attest to the world was Christ's resurrection, for this was the great proof of his being the Messiah, and the foundation of our hope in him. The Apostles were not ordained according to a secular dignity but to preach Christ and the power of his resurrection. Again, what matters is God's plan of salvation. Matthias and the Apostles are instruments of God's hands for our own salvation today. In our turn, by our hope and by preaching Christ, we can be part of God's plan of salvation for others.  

Br Jean-Baptiste Régis O.P.

Br Jean-Baptiste Régis O.P.


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Clare Richards commented on 14-May-2015 10:39 AM
Thank you. Dominican thoughts are always an inspiration to me!

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