SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITIES: ASCENSION SUNDAY, May 5th, 2013.
See Mass Readings here, or read Acts of the Apostles Chapter 1, verses 1 to 11, and St. Luke’s Gospel, the very last chapter, Chapter 24, verses 46-53.
Dear Sinead, Mark and Friends,
‘Are we there yet, goat? Are we there yet?’ (from a popular Irish ad, for the charity ‘Bothar’ pronounced Boh-Har, that exports live animals to needy families in African countries). We are already there, yes,- but we cannot quite see it. We are already, in and with Jesus, at the right hand of the Father, – in the deepest intimacy of love with our God and Father, our Creator. ‘Are we there yet?’ Yes, we are!
Why? Because, we are ‘Made for More’! (See here on Youtube by Tommy Bowe and Tomas O’Leary, two Irish Rugby Players, about their trip to Uganda and Rwanda with Bothar, the Irish charity that sponsors the ‘Are we there yet?’ ad. Or see the ‘Bothargoat’ here on Twitter @bothargoat)
‘You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts will not find rest until they rest in you!’ is a famous saying of St. Augustine around the year 350AD. There’s that restlessness in every human being, because we are all made for more! (a bit like in the Guinness ad,- we’re made of more!)
So, even right now, in our present human existence, as we go about our daily lives, each of us, we know for a fact that we have arrived, we are truly in the very heart of our God, ‘at the right hand of God’, why? because JESUS is there, he’s one of us, and he brings us all with him,- we are his ‘body’ and he is our ‘head’. Olé!
So, live you days this week knowing that you are in the heart of God, and God is in your human heart. ‘We will come’, said Jesus, ‘and make our home in you’,- himself and the Father, our Maker,- inside in us! Wow.
‘I will not leave you orphans’ said Jesus to the Twelve (meaning us, today). ‘See, I am with you all days, yes, to the end of time.’ ‘When two or more of you gather in my name, there I am in the midst of you.’ So, even while he is there (with his Father and the Spirit), he is here with us. We cannot see him, but he promised to be with us. That’s enough.
Notice these words in the Gospel (Luke 24, the end): ‘As he blessed them, he withdrew from them… They worshipped him and then went back to Jerusalem full of joy; and they were continually in the Temple praising God.’ No broken hearts here! They were filled with joy, and were praising God.
Just change the names, and the story is about ourselves!
And the week ahead? Between Ascension and Pentecost,(the Coming of the Holy Spirit), the disciples of Jesus gathered in the Upper Room, ‘together with Mary the Mother of Jesus and the other women‘, praising, and praying for the Promise of the Father, the gift of the Holy Spirit to come as promised by Jesus. And again, that’s us, -hearts filled with praise and thanks, and asking for a great outpouring again of the Spirit of God on all of us, the whole people of God, and on our own little communities, of two or three or many. Make it a real week of prayer, with a few friends. And watch out!
Our prayer? ‘COME, HOLY SPIRIT’. Here it on Youtube here,- a rockin’ song calling for the coming of the Holy Spirit!
God bless! His Love to you and your friends!
Seamus Devitt C.Ss.R. firstname.lastname@example.org