Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle, by Father Médaille

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Matthias the Apostle; 19th century by F X Zettler, Munich, Germany; parish church of Saint Alban, Gutenzell-Hürbel, Biberach, Germany; photographed in January 2015 by Andreas Praefcke; swiped from Wikimedia Commons“The lot fell upon Matthias. Acts 1:26

What seems to us chance, or a disposition of men, in the guidance of the world or of our own selves in particular, is an effect of the Providence of God, Who rules all events with infinite wisdom and goodness. Let us adore this Providence, and submit joyfully to God’s commands.

“And he was numbered with the eleven Apostles.” What a happiness it was for this Saint to have been raised to so great a dignity! And how fortunate are we to have been called to a similar vocation! Let us strive to fulfill it.

Judas by his treachery forfeited the Apostolate. Who then has not cause to fear for his steadfastness? Let us endeavour not to render ourselves unworthy of persevering. Let us ask God every day, particularly at Holy Communion, for the gift of perseverance.