This Sunday, we as a Catholic Church celebrate the Ascension of Jesus into heaven. You may recall a time when Ascension Thursday, which would be 40 days after the Resurrection, was a Holy Day of Obligation. Here in our diocese and in most dioceses in the United States, it is now celebrated on the following Sunday which is also the seventh, or last Sunday of our celebration of Easter, as next week we celebrate Pentecost which takes place 50 days after Easter. And there are more special liturgical celebrations to celebrate on upcoming Sundays as we move into Ordinary Time; the
Most Holy Trinity, followed by the Feast of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ (Corpus Christi). All of
these celebrations are part of our Christian journey each year and hopefully as we celebrate and listen to the messages in Sacred Scripture we become increasingly aware of how Christ draws us to Himself. In her wisdom, guided by the Holy Spirit, the Church has developed a liturgical year that invites us to a deeper and ever growing relationship to Jesus Christ. Full participation in these liturgies is sure to continue to form our faith in God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Today is also a special day in the secular world as we wish a Happy Day to all Moms, Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers, whether by birth, adoption or friendship, those with us and those who have gone before us. I believe it is good that we as a society reserve a day to honor and show respect to Mothers for it speaks to the value of being loved. And as young children are taught to listen to, depend upon, trust and take instruction from their Mothers, they are being prepared to live independent lives. Our hope and God’s plan is that all of us would experience what it means to be loved and cared for by a Mother who would lay down her life for her child. For those in this world who have not received that blessing, we pray. We pray that in
the absence of that motherly love, God bless them with others who can show a Mother’s affection. So how will you celebrate your Mother this day? Have you spent real time with her lately? Have you complemented her or expressed your gratitude to her? Do you ever think about all that she does or has done for you? Have you ever considered what she sacrificed so that you might
have all that you need in life? Do you honor and respect her? If your Mother is here on earth, take time today to tell her that you love her and if she now resides with God, speak to her, tell her of your love in thought and prayer.
Thank you God for Mothers the world over who choose life for their child!
Have a wonderful day! Deb Rudolph
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC