for Sunday, May 20, 2012
Jesus returns to the Father. We are coming to the end of this great cycle
of the Resurrection and now we see Jesus return to His Father. The
scriptures are no so clear about what happened. The Acts of the Apostles
gives us the clearest picture. The other accounts just sort of have Jesus
go to the Father.
It is really important for us to recognize that Jesus appeared to His
followers, but not even to all of them, after His Resurrection. He does
signs and speaks to them. He eats with them. He tells them about how to
live. The most important thing is that He assures them that He is alive
and with the Father. Now He goes away again.
Jesus tells us clearly the He goes so that He can send His Holy Spirit on
us. We must now learn to live in the Holy Spirit and to call on the Holy
Spirit to help us. It is the Holy Spirit who will teach us the truth about
Jesus tells us that if we believe, great events will happen. Most of us
are pretty weak in our faith and truly afraid that something might happen.
We can be afraid to believe because we will appear strange to those who do
not believe. We can be afraid to ask for miracles because we will foolish
if they do not happen. Jesus tells us over and over: do not be afraid.
Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you will find.
The Gospel of Mark today tells us what the early believers did because
they believed in Him. You are I are invited to believe and to let the Holy
Spirit act through us.
The Letter to the Ephesians tells us that God will work in each of us in
different ways. We simply must believe and let God work in us in any way
that He wants. If He wants miracles through us, He can do that. If he
wants us simply to live in His presence, He can do that. If he wants us to
be apostles of love and charity, He will do that within us.
Let us call on the Holy Spirit today and ask that we will do whatever God
wants of us.
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Acts 1.1-11
Second Reading: Ephesians 1.17-23
Gospel: Mark 16.15-20
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