Straight after the glory of the Solemnity of the Ascension, we are taken to the martyrdom of St Matthias, the Apostle who was elected to take the place of Judas among the Twelve.

He is said to have left Jerusalem at the time of the persecution, and gone to Cappadocia, where he spread the Gospel. St Clement of Alexandria preserved some of his sayings, among them this one: ‘But the beginning of this is to marvel at things, as Plato says in the Theaetetus and as Matthias says in the Traditions when he urges, “Marvel at what is present,” laying this down as the first step toward the knowledge of things beyond’.

May we have the grace to ‘marvel at what is present’ – especially in these unusual times – learning to see what graces we may be overlooking. May God bless you this day.