Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: May 28, 2017

AscensionToday is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. The feast of the Ascension reminds us to “find God in all things” and not just stare up to heaven to find God in some other place. God is here! The spirituality of Christ is not a spirituality that looks to get out of the world and its challenges. The spirituality of Christ is a spirituality connected to the world around us – the world of people and nature – a world with rich and poor, men and women, young and old, nature and grace, conflict and reconciliation, war and peace, sin and virtue...

The disciples are sent out not with a rigid ideology or a fully spelled out set of rules, but rather with a spirit – a spirit of openness – a spirit that proclaims “repentance and forgiveness of sins to all nations.” Even though our world today may be somewhat different than the world of 2000 years ago, Christ is still alive and present. The Ascension is the key that allows all this to happen. Jesus says: “It is better for you that I go, for if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you” (John 16:7). Catholic Social Teaching affirms and supports our involvement with all the richness, diversity, and mystery of human life. We can “find God in all things.” We can make a difference in all the big issues of our day. This has been our continued focus this season as we consider encounter and accompaniment. Where in your day-to-day living have you been finding God? How is God calling you to continue the work of Jesus?

The Sunday Readings:

  • Acts 1: 1-11. Why look up into the sky? Christ instructed them through the Spirit; you will receive power when the Spirit comes upon you.
  • Eph 1: 17-23. A prayer for disciples to have all that is needed to carry out Christ’s mission: the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, enlightenment, hope, community, fullness of life.
  • Mt 28: 16-20. The apostles are commissioned to go out and make disciples, immersing them in the life of the living God. We are like the disciples in our doubting, but also in that we have been given the power of the indwelling Spirit to continue the work of Jesus.

Of Note:

  • Plan to come to Memorial Day Mass on May 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Remember all veterans and public servants who have given their lives for us, and bring a photo or memorial object of a loved one to display.
  • Help bring Epiphany Masses to our homebound parishioners! We are looking for a volunteer or two to edit weekly recordings of the liturgies and email them to the homebound. This is a weekly need and takes 2-3 hours on a Monday or Tuesday. If you hand help, please contact Linda in the office - we’ll gladly train you!
  • Adoration begins on the first Fridays, this month on June 2, 2017, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM, in the Chapel.
  • Don’t forget that our Resurrection Garden still needs plants and care for one more week of our Easter season. For more information contact Sharon Wuorenmaa or Linda (in the office or by email).