May 14, St. Matthias, Apostle
The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people. — Psalm 113:8
Mass Readings: Acts 1:15-17,20-26/John 15:9-17
Guided by God
God guides us in various ways: through the Scriptures, conviction of heart as we pray, common sense, counsel from fellow-Christians, signs . . . . An intriguing blend of all these methods is evident in today’s first reading, where Peter addresses the need to replace Judas. Casting lots may raise some eyebrows today, but was a valid form of decision-making in the Old Testament (1 Chr 24:5ff, 25:7ff). However, “signs” don’t spare us the work of thinking — because God wasn’t asked to choose from among 120 potential candidates, just between the short-listed two!
Divine guidance seldom comes as a bolt from the blue; typically, it flows from our relationship with God. The more immersed we are in prayer and the Scriptures, the more sensitive we are to the gentle nudges and promptings of our God.
Prayer: Spirit of Wisdom, steer my thoughts, ideas, and decisions in God-pleasing directions.
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