It is 14th May 2015. We celebrate the feast of St. Matthias, the Apostle. He is the patron of tailors, carpenters, reformed alcoholics and is prayed against smallpox. The readings are Acts. 1:15-17, 20-26 and the Gospel from Jn.15:9-17. The first reading describes the election of Matthias in the place of Judas Iscariot. “And they cast lots for Joseph and Matthias, and the lot fell on Matthias and he was added to the eleven apostles.” (Acts. 1:26). The responsorial Psalm sings, “The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.” (Ps. 113:8). The Gospel brings out the call of God for a special friendship with Jesus. “You did not choose me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will you whatever you ask Him in my name.” (Jn.15:16). Jesus chooses us not because we are good, skilful, holy and with all the possible qualities. It is just because of the unconditional love and mercy of Jesus towards us to be chosen by Him in order to bring out the same qualities from our lives to others. As Jesus took the initiative in loving us, we need to make the choice to accept the invitation to love or rejecting His love. If Jesus did not choose us, we have no more choices to make in our lives. We may be different individually, we must not be indifferent to one another. In all our uniqueness, we need to reflect Jesus in our lives. There is a joy in accepting the invitation of Jesus and working for Jesus without our selfish motives. Jesus has a plan for everyone in His selection. Why did Jesus choose us personally? How are we responding to this divine invitation in our personal life? May God bless you.

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