Sunday, June 5, 2011
Ascension of The Lord and Why We Evangelize
A blessed Ascension Sunday to you. In some dioceses, it was celebrated on Thursday. In mine it's celebrated today. That is allowed. I think it's a sad sign it was felt not enough people are willing to attend a Thursday Mass.
I hope you went to Ascension Mass. Please do revisit the readings, as they are important. You can go here. And you can go there each day to read the daily readings.
In today's Gospel reading (Mathew 28:16-20) we heard Jesus telling his disciples to go out and "make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." Oh man, there is so much more packed into this reading, but let's just take this part for starters.
I've heard comments from people that religion is a private matter. They don't think it should be talked about or shared. They don't believe in evangelizing. (Never mind that one of these people has been known to explain their own brand of spirituality to my kids.) I'm not really sure how anybody is supposed to learn about religion if nobody shares it, but whatever...
Christians share their faith because Jesus told us to. "Make disciples of all nations..." You can't get much more clear than that.
Now, for the second bit--"...baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." That's the baptismal formula. There ain't no other. Also, did you notice the singular use of "the name of." It's not "the names of." What did Jesus just define there? If you said The Trinity, you'd be right. :) Three persons in one divine being. Beautiful!
The rest of that reading is this: "...teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
Are you made bold by this? We're supposed to teach His Word, His commandments. (Which means we should also be living them.) But take courage because He will be with us always. Sometimes you'll feel Him there, but other times you won't. At least, that's how it is with me. But keep praying and reading the Bible and other good spiritual material.
Golly, I'm deep today. LOL
Here's a beautiful story about twin brothers who were Friars who died within hours of each other.