Matthias was the Eleven’s plus one, a latecomer to the party, although present from the start and most importantly as “one who accompanied us the whole time the Lord Jesus came and went among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day on which he was taken up from us, … a witness to his resurrection.” They all acknowledged that God does the choosing. And they prayed that God make that choice known to them in a manner that was reasonable and definitive.
It is ingrained in our western culture and our American mindset that we express our freedom by our free choice. We like to be in charge. But for those who believe in the God and Father of Jesus Christ, we must understand that God is always the prime mover, the one who takes the initiative. Perhaps we determine the minutiae, like what shirt to wear and what gas station to fill up at and route to take to any destination. But in all we do, we are just a part of God’s grand design, even when we act in opposition to God. The question of whether or not we are ultimately free agents if God is all-knowing is a centuries-old question. I don’t think humanity has been satisfied with all the answers philosophers and theologians have proposed through the years. In the end, God’s will prevails. And God will explain to us how it works. Right now, our limited minds will not be able to contain all truths that are in God’s unlimited mind.
Suffice it to say, God does the choosing. We who are baptized are sent as witnesses of the resurrection to proclaim the Gospel with our lives.
This mass was offered for the intentions of Jerry Sweeney.
Rolo B Castillo © 2020