May 8, 2005
Feast of the Ascension
Readings: Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47, Ephesians 1: 17-23, Matthew 28: 16-20
This celebration of the Ascension of our Lord can focus our attention on so many things. I’ve chosen in this reflection to look at the Apostolicity of our Catholic Church that comes through so clearly in our readings. To say that our Church is Apostolic has two meanings.
The first meaning is the one of which people are most aware, that is, that our faith is founded on the Apostles. These men were chosen by Jesus Christ himself to be witnesses of all that happened during his earthly ministry, during his crucifixion and death, his resurrection, and the forty days after his resurrection in which our Lord continued to appear to them. After the Ascension, it was this qualification that Peter recognized as necessary for the successor of Judas who betrayed the Lord, they needed to choose someone who was with them from the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, and the lot fell to Mathias. Our faith is not based on the whimsical ideas of a few eccentric people who lived thousands of years ago. No, our faith is based on the physical experience of these men who saw Jesus, who touched him, who heard his word, who lived with him and experienced his life, death and resurrection. Our faith comes to us from the Apostles.
The second meaning of mark of our Church of Apostolicity is that to be an apostolic Church means that we are missionaries, we are all sent to spread the good news. The literal meaning of the word “apostle” is “one who is sent.” In this sense, we call Jesus the “Prince of Apostles,” because he is the one who was sent from the Father. The men who chosen to spread the good news in that first century were sent by Christ as Christ was sent by the Father. At the end of every Mass, the Church sends us forth. “Go in peace,” we are told. We are made missionaries, apostles, sent to make disciples of all nations.
How can we better support our bishop and priests in their roles as successors of the Apostles?
How can we better proclaim the gospel this week in our role as missionaries sent to witness to the Good News of Christ?
List of all Reflections:
|10/31/2012||November 4, 2012 - Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|10/24/2012||October 28, 2012-Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|10/17/2012||October 21, 2012-Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|02/29/2012||Second Sunday of Lent|
|01/18/2012||Third Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|08/17/2010||August 22, 2010|
|08/12/2010||Assumption of Mary|
The Birthday of the Church|
|05/29/2008||Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|10/16/2006||29th Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|10/13/2006||28th Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|06/28/2006||Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|01/23/2006||January 29th, 2006|
|01/16/2006||January 22nd, 2006|
|01/09/2006||January 15th, 2006|
|12/28/2005||New Years Day|
|11/21/2005||First Sunday of Advent|
|11/14/2005||Solemnity of Christ the King|
|11/09/2005||November 13, 2005|
|09/27/2005||October 2, 2005|
|09/19/2005||September 25, 2005|
|09/13/2005||September 18, 2005|
|09/05/2005||September 11, 2005|
|08/31/2005||September 4, 2005|
|07/11/2005||July 17, 2005|
|07/07/2005||July 10, 2005|
|07/06/2005||July 3, 2005|
|06/21/2005||June 26, 2005|
|06/14/2005||June 19th, 2005|
|05/23/2005||Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ|
|05/16/2005||Holy Trinity Sunday|
|05/05/2005||May 8, 2005|
|04/26/2005||May 1st, 2005|
|04/18/2005||Fifth Sunday of Easter|
|04/11/2005||Fourth Sunday of Easter|
|04/06/2005||THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER|
|04/06/2005||Divine Mercy Sunday|
|04/05/2005||Holy Thursday Homily|
|03/25/2005||The Passion of John|
|03/07/2005||FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT|
|02/28/2005||Fourth Sunday of Lent|
|02/23/2005||Third Sunday of Lent|
|02/14/2005||Second Sunday of Lent|
|02/10/2005||First Sunday of Lent|
|01/31/2005||Feb. 6, 2005|
|01/24/2005||January 30th, 2005|
|01/17/2005||January 23, 2005|
|01/10/2005||January 16, 2005|
|01/05/2005||January 9th, 2005|
|01/02/2005||January 2, 2005|
|12/28/2004||Mary, Mother of God - Jan. 1st|
|12/26/2004||Feast of the Holy Family|
|12/13/2004||Fourth Sunday of Advent
Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14. Psalm 24: 1-6.
Romans 1:1-7. Matthew 1:18-24.|
|12/06/2004||Third Sunday of Advent
Readings: Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10. Psalm 146:6-10.
James 5:7-10. Matthew 11:2-11.
|12/01/2004||Second Sunday of Advent
Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10. Psalm 72, 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17.
Romans 15:4-9. Matthew 3: 1-12|
|11/29/2004||First Sunday of Advent
Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5. Psalm 122:1-9.
Romans 13:11-14. Matthew 24:37-44.|
|11/22/2004||The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King
2 Samuel 5:1-3, Psalm 122:1-5,
Colossians 1:12-20, Luke 23:35-43|