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Feast of St. Matthias May 14

Today’s Readings

Feast of St. Matthias

Acts of the Apostles 1:15-17; 20-26

Drawing lots to choose a replacement for the apostle, Judas? It was a common tradition in Jewish circles.

I find it curious how the 11 apostles came to choose Matthias
to replace Judas as one of the 12 apostles.

This was a very important decision for the 11 apostles to make.

How did they do it? They drew lots.

 

But please consider what they did
to reach the point of drawing lots,
“They prayed to the One,
‘who knows the hearts of all.’ “(Ask 1:24).

This tells us that they didn’t know the mind of God
once they came down to two choices,
Joseph, called Barsabbas and Matthias.

So they decided to leave it up to God by drawing lots.

 

However strange it might seem to us,
to draw lots to choose a candidate for office
was a Jewish custom.

An example of this procedure was the way they chose
which priest was to enter the Temple sanctuary and burn incense.

He was chosen by lot.

 

This practice was not a substitute for human decision.

After praying, drawing lots was simply a way
of putting the final choice in the hands of God.

 

We can leave those decisions to God
when we don’t know his holy will in a situation.

We do this, not by casting lots, but by giving the Lord time to show his hand.

 

Until I know the Lord’s will in a particular circumstance, I do nothing.

And if I have to make a decision, I pray and do the best I can.

I know that even if I make a mistake,
this can be a part of God’s plan as well,
confident that he will bring good out of it.

 

In this way, like the apostles, we make our decisions,
not by chance, but out of a deep commitment
to the Lord’s Divine Providence and care for us.

Jesus, I trust in you.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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