What it is to be the after thought:

“Judas must now be replaced. The replacement must come from the company of men who stayed together with us from the time Jesus was baptized by John up to the day of his ascension, designated along with us as a witness to his resurrection.” They nominated two: Joseph Barsabbas, nicknamed Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed, “You, O God, know every one of us inside and out. Make plain which of these two men you choose to take the place in this ministry and leadership that Judas threw away in order to go his own way.” They then drew straws. Matthias won and was counted in with the eleven apostles. Acts 1:21-26 (The Message)

Most everyone has heard the name of Judas, he is infamous for his part in Jesus’ death. Matthias, however, is a different matter. Chosen from the seventy that accompanied Jesus after he was baptised in the Jordan river, and selected by drawing lots, he became an apostle equal to the eleven remaining disciples. Tradtion has it that he was stoned and then beheaded in Jerusalem for preaching Christ. He is remembered in Christian history but not as well as many others.

What do we think when someone less able, less qualified, less suitable, gets ahead and we seem forgotton. What is our reaction to such injustice of not being noticed? The important thing is not that we are remembered by people. Look at the notoriorty of Judas, remembered for all the wrong reasons. If we are known, and our actions remembered by God for the right reasons of faithfulness in following Jesus, then we can be happy. Being overlooked by people,  like Matthias, is a far better option for the faithful Christian than being remembered by people, like Judas.

Lord, help me to be happy with your choice for me. Help me to be thankful that you remember me and look on what I do even if it is overlooked by people. Amen.

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