FEAST OF THE ASCENSION
Sunday, May 29, 2022
Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from Heaven above
With wisdom power and love
Our God is an awesome God.
Dear Church Family,
There is incredible joy in loving and being loved by God, His Son and His Holy Spirit. Today’s scriptures speak of Jesus’ instructions to the apostles and His strength and support for them and for all believers. He left them with the promise of the Holy Spirit and the gifts that the Spirit would bring. At the end of today’s Gospel, St. Luke tells us, “He raised His hands, and blessed them and was taken up to Heaven. They did Him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and they were continually in the temple praising God.”
We, as children of God, were created to love God and one another. In church today, may we be filled with God’s love and let the love in our hearts flow to Him. We are also called, as the Apostles were called, to be proclaimers of the Good News. We have been given great gifts already. God, through the apostles, gave us the gift of the sacraments and Jesus gave us the gift of His Body and Blood, as well as the gift of freedom from original sin.
Our parents took us to church for our baptism; the priests conferred on us Reconciliation(confession), First Communion and Confirmation. God also gave us great grace with these sacraments and Faith with which to receive and keep these gifts. Unfortunately, daily life can steal our joy and substitute distractions from our remembrance of God’s love for us and ours for Him. Our world is in great turmoil and the devil is working overtime to cause hate and suffering.
Next Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came down upon the Apostles and Mary in the upper room and filled them with His Spirit and great gifts. We have received the Holy Spirit particularly in Baptism and Confirmation and now whenever we call upon Him. Let us all proclaim God through our gift of the Holy Spirit and turn the hate and suffering the devil is spreading into LOVE. Let us celebrate our Love of God and one another on this incredible day of Ascension and prepare for our own ascension into God’s kingdom.