Acts 1: 15-17, 20-26
I just wanted to share something I learned in mass this morning. In the first reading from Acts, Matthias was chosen as a replacement for Judas. I noticed that the priest was wearing red today, signifying the feast of a martyr. All of the other apostles had the privilege of walking with Jesus in the flesh. They got to know Him, learn from Him and love Him. Matthias would give his very life for a man he never actually met. How deeply he must have believed. What courage he had.
This reminded me of a modern day martyr, Archbishop Romero of El Salvador. I was deeply touched by viewing a movie about his life. Militants came into the church where He was on the altar, preparing for mass. With a high powered weapon, they shot up the tabernacle and altar. The Eucharist, the Body of Christ, went flying in every direction. The priest got on his hands and knees while the terrorists were still there and began collecting the hosts, consuming some, and tucking the others safely away. The men continued to shoot. Another day they came back while Romero was saying mass. As he raised his arms to elevate the chalice above his head, they shot him in the chest. He died for Christ. What a beautiful witness.
Let us ask St. Matthias and Archbishop Romero to pray for us that we may love Christ wholeheartedly – that we may have the courage to defend our faith and defend Him even unto death!