Sunday, June 1, 2014

From CMMB: Your Weekly Reflection 6/1 /14

Why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen Him going into heaven.
Acts of the Apostles 1:11
June 1, 2014
Ascension of the Lord and the 7th Sunday of Easter
Dear Friends,
Some years ago, as it was Ascension Thursday, I asked a young woman theology student what she would say if she were to preach on that day. She replied, “The Ascension is God’s act of faith in us.” Yes, Jesus ascends to the right hand of the Father, and now the work of evangelization is entrusted to the apostles and to us. As the story in the Acts of the Apostles relates, we are not to look up at the sky, nor look down or look back. Rather we look ahead with confidence to the mission entrusted to us—to carry on the work of Jesus Christ and to share the Good News to the ends of the earth.
One organization that continues the healing ministry of Jesus is CMMB, the Catholic Medical Mission Board, bringing medicines and medical assistance to the needy and vulnerable around the globe. Indeed, God has entrusted this work to us, and we are privileged to share in the healing mission of Jesus Christ.
Today, the Lord Jesus, the King of glory, the conqueror of sin and death, ascended to Heaven while the angels sang His praises. Christ, the Mediator between God and man, judge of the world and Lord of all, has passed beyond our sight, not to abandon us but to be our hope. Christ is the beginning, the head of the Church; where He has gone, we hope to follow. The joy of the resurrection and ascension renews the whole world, while the choirs of Heaven sing forever to Your glory: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might…
Rev. Peter Schineller, S.J., CMMB Board of Directors
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