May 14, 2016: St. Matthias, Apostle

 Who is like the LORD, our God, who is enthroned on high
and looks upon the heavens and the earth below? (Psalm 113: 6)

As we celebrate the feast of St. Matthias today, we focus on the commandments of God. And in particular to ask ourselves the question, “Do I keep them?” That is the litmus test that Jesus gave us. If we want to abide in Christ’s love, mercy and grace, we need to keep the commandments and, for us as Catholics, the teachings of the Church—even those we may not understand fully. St. Matthias can be a powerful example for us in doing that. He was a simple man, but he knew to trust in Christ’s words and wanted more than anything to abide in God’s love. If he could do it, why not me?

Fr. Michael Mateyk, C.PP.S. (Atlantic)

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