MONDAY (May 25, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” (John 17:11)
“In those days Peter stood up…and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.”…So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.” (Acts 1:15–26)
Judas had abandoned the faith, and so he needed to be replaced. Two men fit the qualifications: Joseph and Matthias. They had both been with them from the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, and they had both been eyewitnesses of His resurrection. So they cast lots to choose, which would be like tossing a coin for us. The lot fell to Matthias to become the next apostle. And that’s the last we ever hear about him. His service was important, but what that service was we don’t need to know. Sometimes for each of us there is service that we do for others that is important, but that no one will ever know about. But that’s okay. Remember Matthias, and rejoice that God has given you the opportunity to serve Him, even if no one else ever sees it.
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Heavenly Father, bless Ellen with faith in you and fervent love toward all those who cross her path this day. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)
O King of glory, Lord of hosts, uplifted in triumph far above all heavens, leave us not without consolation but send us the Spirit of truth whom You promised from the Father; for You live and reign with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.