One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 14, 2019


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

Matthias was chosen as an apostle to replace Judas. Joseph Barsabbas 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:

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 always. 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 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 was the first of countless successors of the Apostles.

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