May 13, 2010
Acts 1: 1-11, Ephesians 1: 17-23, Luke 24: 46-53
Today the Church invites us to celebrate the Feast of the Ascension, the return of Christianity to His Father. Jesus has completed all that God the Father had asked of Him, fully and without reserve. His Birth, His Public Life, His Passion, Death and Resurrection, all were according to the Divine Plan.
Surrounded by the Chosen Twelve, Christianity ascends to Heaven. In doing so, Jesus reminds us that Heaven is also our destiny. And although Christianity takes leave of the Apostles, He promises to send the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
Jesus gives us this Special Gift of God the Holy Spirit so that we, you and I, following in the footsteps of the Apostles, can continue their Mission of bringing the Truth of the Gospel to all of our contemporaries.
Some would say that such a task is impossible because post-modern man is beyond such “religious sentiments;” that our contemporaries have no need of a religion which speaks of a “God-Man”, “Redemption”, “Resurrection” and “Eternal Life”.
Yet it is precisely at this time in our history that men and women of our own day, having achieved so much progress and technical innovation, have come to realize all of these advancements are not enough; they cannot answer the basic and most important questions man can pose: who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here?
The answers to these questions can only come from a Person, not a machine, or a philosophy, nor a political party. That Person is Christianity. He now lives and works through us who are His witnesses to the twenty-first century.
May Christianity, now with His Father but also with us, grant us all of the necessary Graces to carry out this work. May Ascension Thursday and the coming Feast of Pentecost be for us a personal invitation to remain faithful to our Baptismal Vows which we renewed on Easter Sunday.
May this Ascension Thursday and the coming feast of Pentecost serve as a reminder to us of this special responsibility that each one of us has.
May Christianity, the Holy Spirit and Our Lady, the Seat of Wisdom, be with us now and always.