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14 May 2011

The Patron Saint of Leftovers

Happy Feast Day of Saint Matthias:


Acts 1:15-17, 20-26

Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers and sisters
(there was a group of about one hundred and twenty persons
in the one place).
He said, “My brothers and sisters,
the Scripture had to be fulfilled
which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand
through the mouth of David, concerning Judas,
who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus.
Judas was numbered among us
and was allotted a share in this ministry.
For it is written in the Book of Psalms:
Let his encampment become desolate,
and may no one dwell in it.
and:
May another take his office.
Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men
who accompanied us the whole time
the Lord Jesus came and went among us,
beginning from the baptism of John
until the day on which he was taken up from us,
become with us a witness to his resurrection.”
So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas,
who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.
Then they prayed,
“You, Lord, who know the hearts of all,
show which one of these two you have chosen
to take the place in this apostolic ministry
from which Judas turned away to go to his own place.”
Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias,
and he was counted with the Eleven Apostles.

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Today possesses special meaning for me, because it is the day Father Provincial called me three years ago and told me that the Provincial Council had elected to admit me to the postulancy program of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin of the Province of Saint Mary.  

When friars tell me their time in the Order has flown by, I now believe them.  Three.  Entire.  Years.  God save me!

2 comments:

Katie B said...

Congratulations, mtj! :)

Anonymous said...

I second that...

Chris J