May 13, 2018
We continue in the liturgical season of Easter
which will not end until the fulfillment of Pentecost on May 20. 2018
In the first reading from Acts we are asked the question...
Why are you just standing there looking up?
During this whole season of Easter we have experienced the great love that God has for each of us.
His willingness to bring each of us to eternal life.
We have heard that in our Baptism we were called and anointed to be the presence of Christ in the world today.
We have also heard that at times we fail, yet God's great love is giving us mercy and forgiveness and compassion time after time.
Each of us likes to be comfortable and just reflect on the events that have brought us closer to eternal life.
But we are called, as the disciples were, to go into action.
That means to continue to have mercy, compassion, forgiveness, etc as did had.
In the second reading Paul is praying for the Ephesians, that they may continue to grow in their faith, to have there eyes opened more and more each day.
It is so easy for us to just want to be comfortable with where we are in our spirituality and not progress.
But each day, we too have to continue to grow and sometimes that means even in the situations and difficulties that are not so easy. We would rather just stand around and looking up and remembering all that Jesus did, rather than to go into action ourselves and fulfill what our Baptism has called us to.
In the Gospel we hear Jesus speak as he is taken up into the heavens.
What does He say to us today?
Just stand around and keep looking up?
He says that we are to go into the whole world
and proclaim the Good News.
...That there is God who wants all of us in eternal life.
He is a God of great compassion and mercy.
He comes for the sinner that is a part of each of us.
Our sins can no longer condemn us to eternal death.
There is hope for all of us here on earth.
We can receive the free gift of eternal life.
It is free.
In our own times of showing compassion, forgiveness, and mercy to others, even to the enemy, we make this Good News present to others, especially the enemy.
Each of us needs to continue to pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit so we can do this more and more in our daily lives.
We need to have the courage to see our own sinfulness when we fail and pray for our own conversion.
We have nothing to fear.
Christ is Risen, Alleluia
Christ is Truly Risen, Alleluia