Today is the Feast Day of St. Matthias.
Here’s what you need to know...
Shorty after the Ascension, Peter recommended that they fill Judas’s vacant spot in the Apostolate right away.
It was very important that they find a replacement because twelve was the number of the twelve tribes of Israel. If the new Israel was to come from the disciples of Jesus, a twelfth apostle was needed.
In the Acts of the Apostles (1:21-22) we see Peter wanted the new Apostle to have been following with them since Jesus’s baptism and have remained a follower up to the time of and have witnessed His resurrection...
“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.”
Two men were selected - Matthias and Barsabbas. After much prayer and deliberation the eleven Apostles settled on Matthias, replacing Judas, making him the twelfth and final Apostle.
Reports of Matthias’s ministry and death are disjointed. Some sources say he traveled to Cappadocia, others say Judaea, while still others say Ethiopia. Some traditions say he was beheaded, others stoned, others say he died of old age.
He is a Patron Saint of alcoholics, carpenters, smallpox, and tailors. He’s often seen holding an axe.
St. Matthias, ora pro nobis!
“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.”