Remember how you would draw lots to see who would get to go first? Kids today like to use the game Rock Paper Scissors. Same principle.
Choosing by lot was interpreted in the first century as the choice made by God. The eleven disciples realized there was a reason for the twelve apostles. They wanted to maintain that continuity.
Matthias drew the straw chosen by God. The qualifications to be in this unique selection process were that the individual could bear witness to the Resurrection of Jesus. That makes good sense too.
So, Matthias replaces Judas Iscariot. It is believed that Matthias preached the Gospel for more than thirty years in Judea, Cappadocia, Egypt, and Ethiopia. All the apostles covered a lot of ground in those first years after the Resurrection.
He is also remembered for preaching the need for mortification of the flesh regarding all its sensual and irregular desires. Matthias was thought to have been stoned to death at Colchis in the year 80. He is the patron saint of alcoholics, smallpox, for carpenters, and tailors. When you see a picture of him a clue that it is St. Matthias is that he is usually pictured with a lance or spear.
On another note, we are beginning to register people for our new cluster pictorial. Please take the time to sign up online or at mass. We will have people available to help.
Do you know someone who would be a great religious education director? We are looking for applicants. Encourage people to apply.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen