….. from your Pastor’s Desk:
Parting messages have their own impact. The last words said by someone moving away or even going away for a long time hold special places in our hearts. I remember the deployments I went on in my 16 years of military service and how touching were those words between husband and wife and parent and child. I have told you in a previous homily the last few words my mother said just before she died. Many of you have similar experiences with family and friends. A final word of encouragement and a blessing at these times often mean more to us and have a lasting impact on our lives than the accumulations of all words spoken before.
I can still remember the last thing my first grade teacher (Sr. Mary Concheta) said to me in 1960 as well as a few other inspirational teachers in my life. But sometimes last words are not encouraging or healing.
Marriage breakups can leave lifelong painful memories of hurtful things said. An employer can frequently recall the parting outbursts of a fired employee. Final words have the power to make or break, to challenge or crush, to inspire or to inhibit, to energize or deflate.
Christ’s words as he left His disciples on Ascension Day are no exception. He clearly wanted them to know forgiveness of sins was for all nations – as He says in Mark’s Gospel; “Go out to all the world and proclaim the Good News to all creation.”
Important as our individual salvation is, the focus of Christ’s parting message is on the world-wide proclamation of the Gospel – the Good News. Of course it is through the living of Gospel values that we best bring Christ’s message to others, but the wider missionary task is ever present.
Ascension Day is a reminder of what we are called to do – preaching forgiveness in His name. It is a duty in which we all share and from which we must not shrink so that all people can be reconciled to God and with each other. In the security of faith, we bring such reconciliation to others by word and example so that, being gathered through baptism, all may worship him with joy. Through the Joy of the Gospel, we are to be a reconciling people wherever we go.
This weekend, we also celebrate Mother’s Day. Last year I included in the bulletin some special prayers for some very special Mothers in particular circumstances. These were compiled from the many prayer requests from Parishioners for their own Mothers. Based on your responses, many of you found them comforting and consoling. I’ve included them in these weeks bulletin per your request. Please share them freely with family and friends who may otherwise struggle to find the words to pray.
Yes, Ascension Day is a reminder of what we are called to do. It is a duty in which we all
share and must not shirk [as our Mothers would agree]. And ‘Be Not Afraid’ because …Things are looking up!!! ;)
Go with God,