It is 14th May 2016. We celebrate the Feast of St Matthias, the Apostle and the Martyr. All that we know about him mostly comes from the Acts of the Apostles. He preached the Good News in Judea and Ethiopia. He was martyred for the faith that he proclaimed. He is the patron of tailors, carpenters, and reformed alcoholics. The readings are from Acts 1:15-17, 20-26; and the Gospel from John 15:9-17. The first reading shares about the election of Matthias as one of the Twelve Apostles in the place of Judas Iscariot. “Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the Eleven Apostles.” (Acts.1:26). The responsorial Psalm praises, “The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.” (Ps.113:8). The Gospel reading reminds us that we are all chosen by Jesus for His mission to continue and to bear fruits. “It was not you who chose me, says the Lord, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.” (Jn.15:16). Just like the Apostle Matthias, we are privileged to be chosen by the Lord himself to continue His love and mercy in all we do and say. The life is indeed a gift from God and so we need to be grateful by living for Jesus on a daily basis. Basically it is all about our relationship with Jesus and the joy of living with Jesus motivates us to live for others. Let us begin to offer little more than what we have already offered so far. We have not yet offered the best to Jesus until now. Jesus made this choice of choosing us. We must never disappoint him. He offered Himself completely to the will of the Father; and we too are invited to accept this offer so as to make Jesus known to the whole world through our little efforts. Have a good day.

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