After Jesus ascended into heaven, St. Peter and the other then Apostles had an important task. Jesus had not chosen a replacement to take Judas Iscariot’s place. He trusted the remaining 11 to listen to the Holy Spirit and pick the right man. In the end, Matthias was chosen. We don’t know exactly what St. Matthias did next – some say he went to Judea and then Ethiopia, where he was crucified. Others say he was stoned to death in Jerusalem.
Read Acts 1:15-26 to learn how Matthias was chosen to be the twelfth Apostle. Pay attention to how the Holy Spirit helped St. Peter narrow down a room filled with more than 100 people to only two men, and then God showed His choice when the two men cast lots. (Casting lots is like drawing straws or flipping a coin.) Then, thank God for making sure that the Church always has the leadership we need.