I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday June 5 Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord: Matthew 28:16-20

My Reflections:
When someone whom we revere tells us to do something we will try every possible way to obey what he commands us. For example if our parents tell us to do something for them we will exert every effort to do it because we respect and love them. This is always the case: we obey because of our deep love and respect for them.

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus to heaven but before He went up to heaven He first took time to meet the eleven disciples. To commission them to spread the faith to all nations and they all took seriously this command of Jesus for them.

Who was Jesus to them? Jesus was their master, the God that they worshipped and respected deeply. Their deep worship for Jesus gave birth to their faithful obedience to His command. They obeyed Him even at the cost of their lives; they obeyed even if they will go through severe testing of their faith. This successful obedience was all borne out of their deep respect, reverence and worship for Jesus.

We may not be aware of this but each and everyone of us has an important role to play in this commissioning by Jesus on the apostles.   By virtue of our Baptism and Confirmation we too are given by Jesus this important responsibility to spread our faith by our words and by our deeds.

It’s very easy to go to church and worship Jesus there in the celebration of the Holy Mass it’s an effortless undertaking for some of us.  But our worship for Jesus doesn’t end with our worship for Him in that celebration it is in fact only the beginning.

What immediately follows is for all of us to live and share what we’ve learned from the Holy Mass to spread the faith by our words and deeds. To share Jesus with others especially to those who have not heard yet of the good news about Him. This is the enormous responsibility that rest upon our shoulders now.

What have we done so far to measure-up to this responsibility?

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