February 24 --- St. Matthias the Apostle
St. Matthias was privileged to be one of the 72 disciples of Our Lord and then, to replace Judas Iscariot as one of the 12 Apostles. To be chosen to such an illustrious position, we may assume that St. Matthias was the perfect replacement for the man who committed the greatest treason of history.
Since he had to be an "anti-Judas", he must have possessed the virtues that were diametrically opposed to the vices of Judas. Therefore, St. Matthias was exceedingly detached from material goods while being extremely honest and loyal. These virtues were most fitting to make reparation to Divine Justice for the heinous crime of the betrayer.
Let us ask St. Matthias to give us the virtues of loyalty, honesty, and detachment with a great equilibrium in facing the trials and joys of life.