STEP #1: LECTIO / READ
Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers and sisters
(there was a group of about one hundred and twenty persons
in the one place).
He said, “My brothers and sisters,
the Scripture had to be fulfilled
which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand
through the mouth of David, concerning Judas,
who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus.
Judas was numbered among us
and was allotted a share in this ministry.
For it is written in the Book of Psalms:
Let his encampment become desolate,
and may no one dwell in it.
May another take his office.
Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men
who accompanied us the whole time
the Lord Jesus came and went among us,
beginning from the baptism of John
until the day on which he was taken up from us,
become with us a witness to his resurrection.”
So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas,
who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.
Then they prayed,
“You, Lord, who know the hearts of all,
show which one of these two you have chosen
to take the place in this apostolic ministry
from which Judas turned away to go to his own place.”
Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias,
and he was counted with the Eleven Apostles.
Acts 1:15-17, 20-26
STEP #2: MEDITATIO / MEDITATE
In today’s reading, Peter and the apostles are discussing who will replace Judas so they can remain a group of 12 as Jesus picked. The 12 apostles were the first became the first bishops. The bishops that we have today, can be traced all the way back to the original 12 apostles.
I think apostolic succession is one of the coolest things we have in the Catholic Church. As Catholics, we can trace our lineage all the way back to the twelve apostles and to Jesus, our Lord, himself.
And while we can say we can do that for our Church as a whole, you can do it for yourself. You were baptized by a priest (or Deacon) who was ordained by a bishop, who was ordained by a another bishop, who was ordained by one before him and so on and so on. So I was baptized by Fr. Andrew Plesa (who also married my parents) and he was ordained by Bishop Martin Mcnamara. Bishop McNamara was ordained by George Cardinal Mundelein. Cardinal Mundelein was ordained by Bishop Charles Edward McDonnell. And you can do this all they way back to the apostles who were the very first bishops. They were chosen by Jesus to go out and serve His people and spread the Gospel.
What does apostolic succession mean for me and for you? It means we also are called. We also have a mission. We also must go out and spread the gospel.
At our baptism we each were made priest, prophet and King. When we say we are baptized as priest, it means we are all called to sacrifice for others and for God. When we say we are baptized as prophet, it means we each have a responsibility to proclaim the gospel. When we are baptized as king, it means we have the responsibility to live our life according to God’s design.
The apostles appointed Matthias as a successor. But your parents selected you as a follower of Christ at your baptism. Will you take on your role as priest, prophet and king?
STEP #3: ORATIO / PRAY
"May another take his office."
How has God chosen you?
What are your gifts that you can use to serve God?
STEP #4: CONTEMPLATIO / CONTEMPLATE
"God chose me."
"I am priest, prophet and king."
"I am called to go out."
FOR THE REST OF YOUR DAY...
We are each called to live as priest, prophet and king. Our call to be a priest means a call to sacrifice. Our call as prophet means to share the Word of God with others. Our call as King means living our life to God's design. Reflect on how you can answer this call today.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Lisa Kendzior.