What I find fascinating in this week’s reading from Acts is the way they decided to chose the next Apostle, and the faith that they displayed in so doing.
First, they began to prepare for the future. (Twelve was an important number, but it stopped being the defining number. Apostles were killed, or died. New Apostles emerged or were elected. The Way of Love began to spread.)
They believed that they had a future. They didn’t hunker down waiting for the end. They believed that they had a message to share, and they were willing to give their lives to spread that good news.
And they were willing to trust in God that whoever was chosen, God would supply whatever they lacked.
That’s a sort of faith we don’t see often today.