St. Matthias, the “13th apostle,” was chosen by Peter and the other apostles after Jesus’ Ascension to Heaven. He replaced Judas so that there would still be 12 apostles (as 12 is a very important number biblically). Choosing him, however, was not easy. Thankfully, St. Peter developed some guidelines to help pick the new apostle. He decided that the person they chose would have to be someone that was a disciple of Christ from the time of his baptism all the way through to his ascension. Out of the 120 people at the apostles’ disposal, only two fit this description: Joseph Barsabbas and Matthias. To choose between the two of them, lots were cast (to best discern God’s will), and Matthias was selected as the new apostle. He is mentioned in Scripture only in the episode of his appointment, though tradition tells us he enthusiastically accepted the duties of being an apostle and was a firm supporter of Christ even when it was unpopular. His feast day is May 14.
“And they prayed and said, ‘You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen to occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.’ And they drew lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.” — Acts 1:24-26
Questions for Reflection
- What can you do to make newcomers in your young adult ministry feel welcome?
- How might you share your faith story or some of your spiritual journey with others? What are the most important parts of that journey?
- When was a time you had to make a tough decision?