The Ascension And Our Mission

This will be the last issue for two weeks because I am traveling to St. Louis next Thursday to attend the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans convocation. It is Pentecost weekend, what a great time to be received as a postulate brother! I request your prayers for me during this time of new beginnings.
I attended a high school graduation of a friend at St. Michael’s today. This marked a new rite of passage for him and it reminded me of this week-end in the church, that of the ascension and what it means for us. It is a rite of passage for the church.
It was at that mount in Galilee that Christ gave the great commission, the command to go out with the good news to all the world. It was then that he told us to preach, make disciples, and baptize believers. It was from there that He ascended and took His rightful place on the throne at the “right hand of the Father” to be our high priest and intercessor. And it is from that place that He empowers us with the Holy Spirit to accomplish the great commission. This is our graduation day, our rite of passage. We should be just as thrilled to graduate and move into newness of life as my friend at Sayre High School. We should also be expectant, taking Christ at His word that He will indeed empower us to overcome, to accomplish His work, to spread the good news, to see true miracles, and to do good works. We should want to see these and see them in others.
Awake, oh Church of Christ, to the Resurrection power. We must realize the implication that Christianity makes to the world. It is no light matter. This is no social pastime, no game of wits, no mere human philosophy. This is the Word of Almighty God and the heritage of His children. Let’s get busy!
Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ
ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things:
Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his
promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end
of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory
everlasting. Amen.
May God radicalize your life this week with love and power!

About Friar Timothy, Franciscan Urban Mission, INC.

Disciple of Jesus Christ with a Progressive Message, Author, Franciscan Friar, Musician, Social Activist, and Urban Missionary View all posts by Friar Timothy, Franciscan Urban Mission, INC.

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