One day Peter stood up to speak to the brothers – there were about a hundred and twenty persons in the congregation: ‘Brothers, the passage of scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit, speaking through David, foretells the fate of Judas, who offered himself as a guide to the men who arrested Jesus – after having been one of our number and actually sharing this ministry of ours. Now in the Book of Psalms it says:
Let his camp be reduced to ruin,
Let there be no one to live in it.
Let someone else take his office.
‘We must therefore choose someone who has been with us the whole time that the Lord Jesus was travelling round with us, someone who was with us right from the time when John was baptising until the day when he was taken up from us – and he can act with us as a witness to his resurrection.’
Having nominated two candidates, Joseph known as Barsabbas, whose surname was Justus, and Matthias, they prayed, ‘Lord, you can read everyone’s heart; show us therefore which of these two you have chosen to take over this ministry and apostolate, which Judas abandoned to go to his proper place.’ They then drew lots for them, and as the lot fell to Matthias, he was listed as one of the twelve apostles.
Scripture: The words in the scripture that spoke to me today are
show us therefore which of these two you have chosen to take over this ministry and apostolate, which Judas abandoned to go to his proper place.
Observation: What is Jesus saying personally to me today – Detach with compassion and prayer
Judas betrayed not only Jesus but his brothers and some would say that they would be justified in vilifying him, be angry and hateful towards him but they are not, at least that’s how I hear it. Judas chose his way, his place and the apostles get on with the job of allowing the Holy spirit selecting a replacement without too much fuss. They don’t allow Judas’ actions to deter them from their ministry in any shape or form, in fact it appears that it was another way to solidify them as a group founded in love. They took a betrayal and turned it in to a positive detached with compassion and prayer.
Thank you for speaking to me Jesus
Application: How do I respond to what Jesus is saying to me today, right now?
There are a number of people in my life that are making decisions that I wouldn’t make and are going down a path that appears to be making them miserable. I am not sure that there is much that I can do to help them but todays reading says that there is an internal approach that I could take. Firstly non judgement as their choices, their path, their place is where they will end up. I can however be compassionate, patient, available if needed [and let them know I am available] but not take anything on board or take it personally if they make poor decisions. Who am I to say what is a poor decision anyway? Lastly I can pray, pray that they turn to Jesus and that he acts in their lives somehow.
May I act with compassion showing and sharing your love with all that I encounter.
May I act on your behalf in the lives of others so that they can see a way to peace and joy.
Guide and strengthen me with an awareness of your presence Jesus.
Strip away any judgement that I may have and replace it with your love and acceptance.
Come to those in need of you