In today’s readings we hear Jesus sending the disciples out to proclaim the gospel to “every creature”. Then he disappeared into the heavens. The disciples of Jesus must have had many feelings and concerns as they witnessed the Ascension of Jesus. It can be difficult for us to say goodbye to someone we love moving out of state or who has died. Jesus prepared his disciples well—mostly by example. He lived with them long enough and intimately enough for them to witness his compassion, commitment, even his frustrations when people misunderstood God’s plan. They saw him sustain himself with prayer, friendships and quiet times. They also witnessed the times he jumped right into controversial situations to refocus the values at play
in the moment.
As Catholic Christians, we too are sent to proclaim the gospel to all. Just as the first disciples, we do so through our lives. Sometimes we talk and share pieces of our faith story sometimes we persevere in the midst of challenges, sometimes we celebrate. What is consistent from the time of Jesus through today is the presence of God’s love both for us and in us. God’s love allows our “eyes to be enlighted” as
St. Paul tells the Ephesians. We can see the presence of Christ today—in the joy of a child, in the changing season with its promise of new life, and in our community of faith, our families and friends. Feel free to name the ways you experience Christ’s presence today. As we approach the end of the Easter Season, we remember and celebrate Christ with us always!
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC