Psalm: 80
Old Testament: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
New Testament: 1 John 2:18-25

I can’t imagine what St. Matthias must have felt when he was chosen to replace Judas in the company of disciples. Can you say awkward?!?

Now granted there is evidence that the whole lot system was guided by the Holy Spirit….. but still……you would always be known as that guy …..the one who was filling the shoes of the betrayer.

It’s certainly not a very enviable position….though I think it’s one many can relate to.

Maybe it’s because I went to seminary and have a lot of clergy friends……but I can’t tell you the number of stories I have heard of pastors stepping in to new congregations under the shadow of the old rector.

As the “new kid on the block” (sometimes fresh out of seminary) they want to do something new and innovative….only to be met with staunch opposition 😛

The new priest is often compared with the old one…..with some parishoners lamenting for the good ol’ days of Reverend so-and-so; remembering a time when church coffers were full and the pews were packed.

Of course, this phenomenon is not strictly limited to Churchland…..any of us who have replaced long-standing leadership in a job, family situation, or relationship knows the pressure you can be under….it’s never a very comfortable place to be :P.

And yet it is in this quandry that we find St. Matthias. I don’t know about you….but I take comfort that the Church has the witness of an awkward disciple.

We don’t know much about what he did after he joined the Apostles……but the very fact that he is still venerated in the collective memory of the Church says that he must have done something right. He must have done his part in spreading the Gospel and of bringing good news to the poor and those in need.

I think that we can take heart……that even in undesirable and impossible situations…..God’s grace and wonder will find a way to shine through it all. +