On this Feast of the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven we are reminded that having completed his mission on Earth Jesus commissions his Disciples of yesterday and today to continue to witness to His life, death and resurrection through the lives we live daily with all.
There is no question that God wanted and wants the best for all people (past, present and future) a desire exemplified in Jesus.
Jesus changed the lives of people for the better some 2,000 years ago, as many other disciples have done of the past 2,000 years.
There is no doubt that we live in challenging times… Yet working for a better world is possible…
Says Father James Keller, the founder of The Christophers, “Our world will change for the better when there are more people who get into the thick of things and fewer who sit on the sidelines finding fault; when there are more people who point out what is right and fewer who harp on what is wrong; when there are more people interested in lighting candles and fewer in blowing them out.”
It almost sounds like Jesus in the Gospel today who says to his Disciples, “Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature…”
There is no one way to do this. But simply put it might just mean bring the goodness, the love, the mercy of God and so much more not only by the words we use, but by the lives we live daily to an always watchful, waiting and appreciative people.