Today’s Readings: Acts 1:1–11; Psalm 47:2 – 3, 6 –7, 8 – 9; Ephesians 1:17– 23 or Ephesians 4:1–7, 11–13; 10:19 – 23; Mark 16:15 – 20. In the First Reading, before ascending into heaven, Jesus promises the Advocate to his disciples. Even now, it is the Holy Spirit working within us so that we may live a holy life and proclaim the Good News to the ends of the earth. The Spirit rouses us from our slumber and stirs joy in our hearts; the Spirit urges us to share the Good News. When have you felt roused by the Holy Spirit? How did you respond? In Baptism, we truly were given a great mission. As the Gospel says, it is a mission to proclaim salvation to every creature. For this mission, we need to rely on the sevenfold gift of the Holy Spirit, which strengthen us for our witness to God’s love. Each member of the Church has a set of gifts that, when united to the whole Body of Christ, assists the Church in building up the Kingdom. If we truly believe that Jesus is the Christ, then it makes good sense that we, God’s chosen people, would shout with joy and clap our hands as our hearts burst with the greatest mystery to come to earth. In reflecting on Christ’s reign in heaven, think about ways you might help others see God’s glory and might.
© 2018 Liturgy Training Publications; 800-933-1800. Written by Timothy A. Johnston. Permission to publish granted by the Archdiocese of Chicago, on June 23, 2017.