• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Friday, 31 May 2019 19:44

The Ascension of the Lord - 2019

Written by Fr Frank Gerry SVD

 

The Feast of the Ascension

Fr Frank Gerry SVD 150Two Men Dressed in White:

At the scene of the Ascension, St Luke, the author of The Acts of the Apostles, makes mention of two men dressed in white who say to the Twelve:

“Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? The Lord will return just as you have seen him ascend!”

I wonder, could they be saying to the Twelve, “Okay, He’s gone. We realise you will miss him, but he has given you a mission. Why are you standing here looking into the sky. He’s not going to come back until you establish God’s kingdom on earth. You have work to do! Go and prepare yourselves through prayer with Mary, his mother.”

On Easter Sunday morning, we also read, and again it is Luke who is writing, “Two men dressed in white appeared to the women at the tomb of Jesus and said to them: Why look among the dead for someone who is alive!”

The women are given a message similar to the men of Galilee. The followers of Jesus, men and women, are challenged and told in pretty blunt language to get where the action is. The very first time Jesus appeared after the resurrection, His message was, “As the Father has sent me, I send you. He then breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Spirit’.”

The message at each scene could not have been clearer. There is work to be done! We are gifted and commissioned.

The simple truth is: We are empowered to do God’s work, and the outpouring of The Holy Spirit within our lives enables us to do just that, day in and day out, in the ordinary joys and activities of our lives.

Let me simply repeat what Paul has said to the first Christians in Ephesus, Asia Minor, which is our second reading today:
- May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring you to full knowledge of him.
- May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, how rich is the glory of the heritage he offers among his holy people,
- and how extraordinarily great is the power that he has exercised for us believers; this accords with the strength of his power at work in Christ, the power which he exercised in raising him from the dead and enthroning him at his right hand in heaven. (Eph. 1: 17 ff)

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