Feast of St. Mathias, the Apostle


Acts 1:15-17, 20-26
John 15:9-17


We all have times in life when what happens to us is wrong—a friend leaves us out, someone walks away, job is lost, a door closes. It’s easy to think that every wrong is the enemy and we get discouraged, but God uses the wrongs to move us into our purpose. Today we celebrate the feast of the Apostle Mathias, we hear in the first reading how Mathias was chosen. Judas had to leave for Mathias to be his replacement. What looks like a setback is really a divine detour, the hand of God taking us through wrongs that lead us to rights. If you don’t understand this, you’ll fight everything that’s wrong or goes wrong. The enemy will bring wrongs, but God won’t allow it if it isn’t leading you to the right thing. Sometimes the wrong is God working out His plan for our life. How we handle the wrongs will depend on whether we see the right. If we get upset and try to pay people back, we will get stuck. But when we understand that God has divine detours, that He uses the wrongs, things we don’t understand, to move us into our destiny, we won’t fight it. We will flow with it and see the awesome things God has in store.

This is what we hear in the Gospel ‘Remain in my love.’ Trusting that You are the Most High God and that You have a way of making all the detours and wrongs move me into my purpose. Let me flow with it and see You fulfill the awesome plans You have for me.

Sony Marsilin Kannanaikal CP is a Passionist priest, he lives at St.Joseph’s Community, Hobart.