Feast of St Matthias, Apostle/Martyr
After the death of Judas and the new beginning of the Church with the descent of the Holy Spirit, the apostles realized that they had to replace the man who had died.
This is important because if the apostles had not understood that they had to continue the succession of leaders, then the church would have died out after the first generation.
So, what was the job description for the post of apostle?
“We must therefore choose for ourselves someone who has been with us from the beginning, from the time of John’s preaching, til the day the Lord was taken from us, and he can act as a witness to the resurrection.”
The big point here is that the new apostle has to be a witness to the resurrection.
How do we experience the resurrection?
If we are to understand resurrection then we must understand death. That is why the mystics say that we should die a little every day. Do I die to self desire, self will, self love, a little bit more every day of my life.
I have to let go of my youth for it is gone forever. I have to let go of those I have loved and who have died, for they are gone from this life.
But in the letting go of these things God works in our lives to make life new for us. We no longer hanker after the vigour of youth but become content with the restrictions of getting older; we know our loved ones are with Jesus and we become content that we shall see them again.
For the Christian, every day should be a day of little deaths and resurrections, all working together to prepare us for the big death and resurrection that shall come to us all.