Ascension

Jesus leaves his disciples again. This is the second time that Jesus is taken from them, but this time it is definitive.

Immediately after Jesus is ascended, the disciples continue to look up to heaven where Jesus went, waiting that some thing else could happened.  But two men dressed in white garments stood beside them and they said: “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?”. In other words, there is work to do.

In the Gospel of Matthew it is clear that the mission of the apostles is to: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” The confusion of the apostles, and it could be ours, is to continue to look at the sky when our call to our mission is to preach the message of Christ to a world that is expecting and thirst for the truth.

To accomplish this mission, some times we could think that we are not prepared and that others are more qualified to do the job.  But the truth is that the acts of the apostles, when they mention those who should preach the gospel, are “Men of Galilee”.  That is the reality of those apostles, fishermen, simple people from a place distant from the capital, but like us, they have met the Lord, because they and we are transformed by the Holy Spirit.

This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return… meanwhile we need to work and not just look up to heaven to see that the words of the Gospel may be fulfill in us:  Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he comes shall find so doing. (Mt 24:26).

We are the ones who should continue the work that Jesus started because we have heard his message.  We have been enlighten by the Holy Spirit that transforms us, and without changing who we are, make us the best we can be, because He lives in us, giving the apostles and us understanding and courage to preach the gospel to the end of the World.

Fr. Sergio