Saint Matthias, Apostle

Saint Matthias, the Apostle chosen to replace Judas Iscariot among the Twelve Apostles, stands as an example of faith, obedience, and readiness to serve. His story, though brief in the New Testament, carries significant lessons for believers.

One notable aspect of Saint Matthias’ life is his willingness to step into a role of great responsibility. When the other apostles needed to fill the vacancy left by Judas, Matthias did not seek the position for his own glory or ambition. Instead, he trusted in God’s guidance and allowed himself to be considered for the task. This demonstrates humility and a deep commitment to the mission of spreading the Gospel.

The Importance of Discernment and Prayer

Matthias also exemplifies the importance of discernment and prayer in decision-making. Before Matthias was chosen, the apostles prayed earnestly, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This highlights the value of seeking divine wisdom in all matters of significance. As Acts 1:24-26 recounts:

“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.”

Furthermore, Matthias’ selection illustrates the principle of divine sovereignty in human affairs. Despite the tragic circumstances surrounding Judas’ betrayal and subsequent demise, God’s plan for the spread of the Gospel continued unfettered. Matthias’ appointment shows that God is able to bring about good even in the midst of human failings and weaknesses.

Throughout Christian history, Matthias has been venerated as a symbol of faithfulness and dedication to the mission of Christ. His example challenges believers to remain steadfast in their commitment to God, even when faced with uncertainty or adversity. Like Matthias, Christians are called to trust in God’s guidance, pray fervently, and willingly offer themselves for service in advancing the Kingdom of God.


Saint Matthias’ life serves as a beacon of humility, trust, and obedience in the face of significant responsibility. His example underscores the importance of seeking divine guidance through prayer and discernment, trusting in God’s sovereignty even amidst human failings. Through Matthias, believers are encouraged to emulate a steadfast commitment to God’s mission, demonstrating love for one another as commanded by Jesus.

As Christians navigate the challenges of life, they are reminded to abide in God’s love, keeping his commandments, and to willingly offer themselves in service for the advancement of His Kingdom. Matthias’ legacy resonates through the ages, urging believers to walk in faith, trusting in God’s unfailing guidance and love.

[Readings: Reading: Acts 1:15-17, 20-26; Jn 15:9-17]

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Fr. Nnaemeka Paschal Ajuka

Fr. Nnaemeka Paschal Ajuka, PhD., BCC., ACPE Certified Educator Candidate, is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Umuahia, Nigeria, and a Board-Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC). He is a retreat preacher who loves his faith. As a sociologist, he cherishes and operates from the vertical and horizontal relationships with God and neighbor. He takes Saint Francis of Assisi’s prayer for peace “Lord make me an Instrument of Peace,” as his ministry mission statement. He is a care provider who meets human needs without discrimination. He has been actively involved in the pastoral ministry in parishes in Nigeria and in the US. Previously, he was an adjunct lecturer at Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary Umuahia and the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria. Currently, he is a Certified Educator Candidate with the Department of Chaplaincy Services and Education, University of California Health, Davis, Sacramento.

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