May 24, 2009: 7th Sunday of Easter
The Ascension of the Lord
Jesus said to his disciples: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15)
As we know, Jesus did not remain on the earth in human form. After the resurrection, he returned to heaven. Before leaving earth he assured his disciples, including us, that he would provide us with all that we need to continue the work he had begun. In a couple weeks we’ll celebrate the feast of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was sent upon all believers to empower them to continue Jesus’ work. Through our Baptism we have been given what we need to be faithful disciples. Each of us is special and can do what no other person can do.
Think about your gifts and how you are able to share Jesus’ Good News with those around you. Thank Jesus daily for calling you to be his disciple. Saint Paul wrote in his letter to the disciples at Ephesus (and to us): “Live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Saint Mother Theodore Guerin said, “Do good to all for the love of God.” What better way is there to “proclaim the gospel to the whole creation”?