During this troubled spring, Lent has come and gone and the traditional Triduum ceremonies were abbreviated due to closed churches. The usual Easter Sunday celebration had to be experienced in our homes without all the pomp and circumstances we eagerly anticipate. There is a sense of sadness because this holy time should have been observed in communion with those who believe as we do. There is a feeling of loneliness, helplessness. Perhaps this is what the apostles felt when Jesus told them in John’s Gospel that in a little while they would not see him and then in a little while they would see him and that he was going to the Father. He said that they would grieve for him but that grief would turn to joy and excitement. They did not understand him. What they would come to understand was that the Holy Spirit was coming to help them carry on the savior’s work. They were to be the continuing presence of Jesus in the world. They couldn’t believe what he was asking them to do but when the Spirit remained they came to realize they were not alone.
Now we are called to be his disciples, to go out and evangelize, to spread the good news. God has put his trust in us to bear witness of Jesus, the savior of the world. Like the apostles, we love Jesus and like the apostles, we feel inadequate to fulfill the role he has given us. It is when we put our trust in the Holy Spirit that we remember God the Father sent us the help we need to fulfill our appointment as his disciples in the world today. We rejoice and sing a new song, one of delight, happiness, salvation! He is risen!
Who will you ask to join in the celebration of Jesus’ ascension?
Let us Pray:
Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands; break into song, sing praise. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God. Alleluia!
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