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St. Matthias
Pentecost Novena - Day 5

Acts 1:15-17, 20-26
Psalm 113
John 15:9-17

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are you choose-able?

"They then drew lots between the two men." —Acts 1:26

Matthias was chosen as an apostle to replace Judas. Joseph was not chosen; he was passed over. Have you ever been passed over for a job promotion, turned down for a prettier girl or guy, or lost out to your sibling for a parent's attention? Now what do you do?

All we know about Joseph is the following:

  • Joseph followed Jesus wherever He went (Acts 1:21).
  • Joseph was faithful over the long haul. He stayed in the company of the disciples from beginning to end (Acts 1:22).
  • Joseph did not seek honors for himself; he was nominated by the others (Acts 1:23).
  • Joseph was such a powerful, faithful disciple that he was worthy of being considered for apostleship.
  • Joseph joined the leaders and Matthias in humbly seeking God's will (Acts 1:24) over who was to be chosen.
  • Joseph was ready to serve God if he was chosen.

After Matthias was chosen, we hear no more about Joseph. However, it's likely that Joseph responded to being "un-chosen" by living the same faithful, committed life as he had always done. Joseph may not have been chosen, but he was choose-able.

Like Joseph, we can be faithful slaves of God, "each of (us) doing only what the Lord assigned" us (1 Cor 3:5). Even if we are passed over for some position or favor, we are always "chosen and precious in the sight of God" (1 Pt 2:4, RNAB). Choose to stay faithful, thankful, and humble.

Prayer:  Father, I am Your servant. Do with me as You will. I will serve you with gladness in whatever way You choose (Ps 100:2).

Promise:  "He raises up the lowly from the dust; from the dunghill He lifts up the poor." —Ps 113:7

Praise:  St. Matthias "never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news of Jesus the Messiah" (Acts 5:42).

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by one of our editors.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Giles H. Pater, November 15, 2001

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, November 16, 2001