St. Matthias, Apostle

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St. Matthias
February 24

St. Matthias was chosen to replace Judas the Traitor Apostle. “Men and brethren, the Scripture must needs be fulfilled which the Holy Ghost spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who was the leader of them that apprehended Jesus; who was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.” (Acts 1:16) Our Lord had chosen 12 Apostles but Judas betrayed Our Lord and unlike St. Peter, Judas refused to be forgiven. He despaired of the Mercy of God and tragically ended his own life. “And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And praying they said: thou Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, show whether of these two Thou hast chosen, to take the place of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas hath by transgression fallen…. And they gave them lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.” (Acts I:25-26)

The following quote has been attributed to St. Matthias: "We must combat our flesh, set no value upon it, and concede to it nothing that can flatter it, but rather increase the growth of our soul by faith and knowledge".

According to some traditions, St. Matthias was stoned and then beheaded in Jerusalem. He is buried in St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome.


M. Alexander 8:48 PM  

Buried in St Mary Major, the parish of Cardinal Law. Sigh.

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