May 8, 2016: The Ascension of the Lord
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things. And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
Then he led them out as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them. As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven. They did him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and they were continually in the temple praising God. (Luke 24:46-53)
Scripture tells us, that after Jesus’ death and resurrection, His message would continue to be preached throughout the world. His followers are to be witnesses to it. Jesus assured them that they need not worry about how to do this, for they would be filled with power from on high.
Never doubt that you too can be an apostle and continue to spread Jesus’ message. He promised you that the Holy Spirit would give you the courage needed. If you have faith in Him, your life can be filled with joy and enthusiasm and you may be able to convince others to follow Him.
Thanks Sr. Carol for your providential words. As a social worker, I had a client who is dying of congestive heart and kidney failure. I had no resources to offer him but a prayer of healing in the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus gives us the words when we have none, and it is only through his Holy Spirit that we can be healed. He has no hands and feet but ours.
In Christ, Uncle John H.