May 14, 2015


May 14, 2015:  St. Matthias, Apostle
(we don't celebrate Ascension till Sunday)

  • 'Holy Spirit' chain:  Spirit spoke (1st reading)
  • 'Gambling' tie:  they chose Matthias by casting lots (1st reading)
  • 'Hearts' suspenders:  Love one another as I love you (gospel)
  • 'Apple' pin:  Go and bear fruit (gospel)
  • 'Jubilee year' button:  " my joy might be in you and your joy may be complete" (gospel)

  • O Son of Man, our hero strong and tender/ Fletcher: music, lyrics+ (gospel)
In honor of those outside the Archdiocese of Los Angeles celebrating Ascension today instead of Sunday, here's re:Worship's list of praise and worship songs for Ascension, with these gospel-inspired songs:

  • Acts 1:15-17, 20-26  Peter:  “The Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Spirit spoke through David about Judas who was among us and allotted a share in this ministry.  It is written: Let his encampment become desolate, and May another take his office.  One who accompanied us must become with us a witness to his resurrection.”  They proposed two, then prayed, then cast lots.  The lot fell to Matthias, and he was counted with the Eleven Apostles.
  • Ps 113:1-8  "The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people."  Praise the Lord who raises up the lowly.
  • Jn 15:9-17  Jesus:  “I love you.  Remain in my love; if you keep my commandments, you will.  This is my commandment:  love one another as I love you.  No one has greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  You're my friends if you do what I command.  I chose you and appointed you to go bear fruit....”
    • One Bread One Body:  As the apostles had to replace Judas with Matthias, so too we may have to make some replacements in our lives via God's healing and love.
      They probably didn't cast lots
      like this...
    • Passionist:  The Lord tells us how and why to "remain in his love." Keep his commandments, especially loving one another, so we'll know His joy.  The Lord didn't leave us orphans or alone; he's given us himself in the Eucharist; he sent the Spirit; he taught us to pray and taught us through how he lived; and he gave us mother, with John at the foot of the cross:  all to help us to be faithful and “remain in his love.”
    •  The Father and Son invite all to join in their bond of love and friendship by "keeping my word."  Jesus' commands aren't burdensome to one who knows his love and mercy.  Jesus loved his own to the end; he gave all he had, his life.  His love impels us to give our best to God and neighbor created in God's image....
    • Universalis:  St. Matthias, apostle:  Drawing lots to select a candidate for office was a recognised Jewish custom; random events were seen as an expression of God’s will.  Drawing lots wasn't a substitute for human decision (people chose Matthias as a candidate) but a way of putting the final choice into God's hands.  In some ways, we've been chosen by lot too.  See Wikipedia, Catholic Encyclopedia.

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