June 5, 2011: Ascension of the Lord
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
First Reading: Acts 1:1-11
Second Reading: Ephesians 1:17-23
Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20
Do we doubt or do we worship? To doubt, questions in disbelief, the words of Jesus invoking the presence of the Holy Spirit for the disciples to be witnesses from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. Doubt gazes intently, into the infinite sky, seeking the past reality of absorbing proof of the Lord in words and miracles. Doubt questions the transfer of responsibility from becoming just observing followers to disciples baptizing and teaching in the sacramental covenant of love. With the eyes of our hearts enlightened, doubt transforms to worship from wisdom and revelation in knowledge of Him. Doubt ascends to hope knowing Christ is head over all things to the church which is His body, even in the face of intrepidations by authorities and powers ignoring human dignity, slighting the common good and neglecting the poor and vulnerable. Trusting Jesus is with us always until the end of the age, we work as catalysts for transforming social relationships (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, paragraph 52) that acknowledge the individuals’ right and duty to collectively participate in society.
Individual Reflection: Ephesians 1:17-23
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Family Reflection: Acts 1:1-11
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