…..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 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 to break, to challenge or crush , to inspire or to inhibit, to energize or to 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 Marks Gospel; “Go out to the whole world and proclaim the good news to every creature.”
Important as our own individual salvation is, the focus of Christ’s parting is on the worldwide proclamation of the Gospel. Of course, it is through living the 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 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 shirk 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.
Yes, Ascension Day is a reminder of what we are called to do.
And ‘Be Not Afraid’ because…things are looking up!!! ;)
Go with God,