May 2018 - St. Matthias

St. Matthias. Photo: Wikimedia Commons St. Matthias. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

St. Matthias

The man chosen to be a witness to the Resurrection

First century
Feast: May 14

Matthias, whose name means “gift of God,” was the disciple chosen to replace Judas as one of the Twelve Apostles after Jesus’ ascension. As St. Peter said before they drew lots, “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.” (Acts 1:21-22) According to various traditions, Matthias preached in Cappadocia, Jerusalem, the shores of the Caspian Sea (in modern-day Georgia) and Ethiopia. He is said to have met his death either by crucifixion or by stoning. He is the patron saint of alcoholism, carpenters and tailors.

-Catholic News Agency

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Northwest Catholic - May 2018