Bible Diary English

May 14, 2022

First Reading: Acts 1: 15-17. 20-26/
Psalm:  113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.     
  Jn 15: 9-17

Sat: Matthias, ap F


1st. Reading: Acts 1: 15-17. 20-26/
15 It was during this time that Peter stood up in the midst of the community—about one hundred and twenty in all—16 and he said, “Brothers, it was necessary that the Scriptures referring to Judas be fulfilled. The Holy Spirit had spoken through David about the one who would lead the crowd coming to arrest Jesus. 17 He was one of our number and had been called to share our common ministry.
20 In the Book of Psalms it is written: Let his house become deserted and may no one live in it. But it is also written: May another take his office. 21 Therefore, we must choose someone from among those who were with us during all the time that the Lord Jesus moved about with us, 22 beginning with John’s baptism until the day when Jesus was taken away from us. One of these has to become, with us, a witness to his resurrection.” 23 Then they proposed two: Joseph, called Barsabbas, also known as Justus, and Matthias. 24 They prayed: “You know, Lord, what is in the hearts of all. Show us, therefore, which of the two you have chosen 25 to replace Judas in this apostolic ministry which he deserted to go to the place he deserved.” 26Then they drew lots between the two and the choice fell on Matthias who was added to the eleven apostles.

Responsorial Psalm; Ps 113: 1-2. 3-4. 5-6. 7-8/
The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.

1 Alleluia! Praise, O servants of Yahweh, praise the name of Yahweh! 2 Blessed be the name of Yahweh now and forever!
3 From eastern lands to the western islands, may the name of Yahweh be praised! 4 Yahweh is exalted over the nations; his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like Yahweh our God, who sits enthroned on high, 6 but also bends down to see on earth as in heaven?
7 He lifts up the poor from the dust and the needy from the ash heap. 8 He makes them sit with princes, with rulers of his people.

Gospel: Jn 15: 9-17
9 And coming back into the court he asked Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 Then Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, just as I have power to crucify you?” 11 Jesus replied, “You would have no power over me unless it had been given to you from above; therefore the one who handed me over to you is more guilty.” 12 From that moment Pilate tried to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who makes himself a king is defying Caesar.” 13 When Pilate heard this, he had Jesus brought outside to the place called the Stone Floor—in Hebrew Gabbatha—and sat down in the judgment seat. 14 It was the day of preparation for the Passover, about noon. Pilate said to the Jews, “Behold your king!” 15 But they cried out, “Away! Take him away! Crucify him!” Pilate replied, “Shall I crucify your king?” And the chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!” 16 Then Pilate handed Jesus over to them to be crucified. They took Jesus, and led him away. 17 Bearing his cross, Jesus went out of the city to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew Golgotha.





Remembering Justus & Matthias

Here are two men who qualified to fill in the vacancy left by Judas Iscariot in the college of apostles: Barsabbas and Matthias. Both of them were equally qualified. But ultimately, Matthias was chosen. What happened to Barsabbas? How would he have felt at his non-selection? Given the order of the mention of names and the length of description, you cannot but doubt that Barsabbas had greater popularity – “Joseph, called Barsabbas, also known as Justus” (= the just one). But, as always, God chose the second in line, who was simply mentioned by Peter as “and Matthias.” [As per tradition, Barsabbas later became Bishop of Eleutheropolis, died a martyr, and is venerated as St. Justus of Eleutheropolis.] The choice of one over the other is no rejection of the latter; it is simply that God has his plans for each one. Whatever be the position assigned to us, it never robes us of doing the most important work: Keep on loving.






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