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Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

May 17, 2015

POWER & GIFTS

In both our first reading and Gospel, we hear that the Apostles saw, but then it took forty days for them to learn. Jesus stayed and retaught them everything. Even still, they looked to him to restore the Kingdom of Israel. They wanted answers, but instead, Jesus gave them power.

They are witness, not to answers, but to the power of the Holy Spirit. It is good for us to remember this. How many times do we look up in the sky, just like they did, wanting answers. Why did this happen? Why won’t you hear my prayers? Why did could he or she not stay? Why won’t they listen? And so on. . .

God gives us power, not answers. But power is not the only thing Jesus gave his apostles. He also gave them each other. Paul reminds the Ephesians of this in our second reading: grace is given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the Ascension (Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; 1 Ephesians 1:4-13; Mark 16:15-20)

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