Message for this week.
As we gather for worship celebrating the Festival of St. Matthias, Apostle, the reading from Acts provides the history surrounding his inclusion as the twelfth apostle. The eleven sought guidance from Scripture and in prayer as they selected from among those who had followed Jesus during his earthly ministry and witnessed as well their Lord risen from the dead. The readings from Isaiah and Matthew identify other qualifications by which the Lord makes people fit for faithful service. He has regard for the one "who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at [His] word" (Is. 62:2). He doesn't look for those who are wise and have great understanding, but rejoices in those who, will humbly listen and trust him. He delights to relieve those who labor and are heavy laden, to gently care for them and give them rest. God grant us to be formed to his design, humble and trusting in him, looking to him to sustain and uphold us by his grace and power.
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