O ALMIGHTY God, who into the place of the traitor Judas did choose your faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the twelve Apostles: Grant that your Church, being always preserved from false Apostles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Readings: 1 Samuel 2:27-35; Psalm 16:1-7; Acts 1:15-26; Matthew 11:25-30
As the Collect suggests, Saint Matthias was not one of the original twelve disciples, but is remembered in the Church as one of the twelve apostles because he was chosen by the surviving eleven to replace Judas Iscariot. Knowing next to nothing about Matthias other than his brief introduction in the reading from the book of the Acts, we especially remember today the circumstances in which he took up his office of apostleship. In a situation similar to that in the Old Testament reading with Eli and his sons, God judged an unfaithful clergyman and replaced him with someone who would do better. The Psalm expresses this in more general terms, noting that those who chase after other gods will end up sorrowful compared to the saints who stick with God. The Gospel reading, finally, illuminates all this with an interesting additional point: nobody can know God without knowing Jesus. This reminds us all that even pastors and clergy can prove false; knowing and following Jesus is always necessary no matter who we are.