This weekend we celebrate the solemnity of the Ascension. This celebration focuses our attention on just exactly what Christians are to do now that the historical Jesus is no longer with us. The Acts of the Apostles begins by recapping what was “in the first book,” the Gospel of Luke. Jesus continues his teaching, but he reminds the disciples that this learning is a process that didn’t end with the resurrection or even the ascension, but would only come to completion through the work of the Holy Spirit.
It is clear in Acts that the disciples are in as much need of learning as they ever were. As if they didn’t comprehend anything Jesus had been teaching for three years, they asked him how soon all of their dreams for the future would come true. Jesus avoided their question and tried for the last time on earth to reorient them. “You will get it, you will understand what real power is, when you receive the Holy Spirit.”
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians begins to describe what that real power looks like. He speaks of humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through a bond of peace. There is real power. We are called to give witness to that real power.
Perhaps today is a good time to recall how the Holy Spirit has worked in our lives. When and where have we experienced the presence of Christ in our lives? How has the Holy Spirit nudged us to be there for others?
Congratulations are in order:
- Fred Lange has been accepted to go through the Rite of Admission to Candidacy. Candidacy is the first ritual step marking Fred’s commitment to continue in Diaconate formation for our Diocese. This Rite takes place on June 20th.
- Many people are celebrating graduation at this time of year. At masses on May 30th & 31st we will have a blessing prayer for all of our graduates.
- Bob & Wilma Mathis are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend.
This week God is calling you to give witness to your faith. Try to be aware of the many opportunities you have to do this. Remember it will be seen in humility and gentleness. You will show it in your patience and the way you bear with one another in love.