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Joseph Moments

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle

“So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias ... Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the Eleven Apostles.” (Acts 1:23, 26)

I’ve never really given much thought to Joseph, called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus.   I find myself pondering who was this potential apostle? He must have been a fairly influential member of the inner circle to be considered for Judas’ place among the apostles.  Yet, I would hazard a guess that the majority of us know very little about this Joseph. How did he react that day when the lots were cast and Matthias was selected? Did he ask, “What am I missing? What does Matthias have that I’m lacking?” Did he continue with the ministry or fade away? Was he angry and hurt or relieved and grateful? 


I find myself reflecting on my own Joseph moments, those pivotal decisions that shaped who I am today. In some of those moments, I was angry and hurt, and in others, relieved and grateful.   As I reflect, I am grateful for each and every one of those outcomes. Reflect on your own Joseph moments that have led you to be whom and where you are today. 


God of the Dance,

You are present in all we do and shape who we are.

Where You lead, give us the courage to follow.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Kara Payer
Vice President, Mission Services, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital

ACTS 1:15-17, 20-26 ● PSALM 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 ● JOHN 15:9-17

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