Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hope never abandons you, you can only choose to abandon it

”When we find ourselves in some danger, we must not lose courage, but confide much in the Lord; for where danger is great, great also is the assistance of Him Who is called our Helper in tribulation.”-Saint Ambrose

Holy Day of Obligation – Feast of the Ascension
(Gospel Text Eph 1:17-23)
Brothers and sisters:
May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation
resulting in knowledge of him.
May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened,
that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call,
what are the riches of glory
in his inheritance among the holy ones,
and what is the surpassing greatness of his power
for us who believe,
in accord with the exercise of his great might,
which he worked in Christ,
raising him from the dead
and seating him at his right hand in the heavens,
far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion,
and every name that is named
not only in this age but also in the one to come.
And he put all things beneath his feet
and gave him as head over all things to the church,
which is his body,
the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.

At the end of high school what do you want to do? - I want to get my High School diploma
After receive your High School diploma what do you want to do? - I want to go to college.
After college what do you want to do? - I want to get a job.
Then what do you want to do? - I want to make big money.
What do you want to do after making money? - I want to build a big house.
After that what do you intend to do? - I want to get married.
What will you do after getting married? - I will have a family.
What will you do after having a family? - I will retire.
What do you want to do after you retire? - I want to take a rest.
What will you do after taking a rest? - I don’t know.
Will you die? - Oh yes, I will die too.

We are so busy doing things, achieving, making progress that we can forget what life is all about, preparing to meet God in heaven. The Ascension of Jesus reminds us that during our lives we are “only passing through” on this earth, as we say. We are pilgrims on a journey. Just as Jesus’ earthly life was temporary, and he ascended to sit at the right hand of the Father, so also our lives here are temporary, will come to an end, and we will meet God in the next life. The Ascension of Jesus reminds us in all of our busyness not to forget what life is all about. Remember that conversation with student noted above. 

So the question is: What will you do next?

May God our Father...enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, what rich glories he has promised the saints will inherit and how infinitely great is the power that he has exercised for us believers. (Eph 1:17-19)

A lot of people look for Jesus in the clouds.  Not me.  I look for Jesus in acts of love and justice.  I see Jesus in the everyday acts of everyday people.  Those acts can be very powerful testimonies that help others encounter the Living Christ, who walks among us in the here and now!

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