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Reflection for May 28, 2017
 Ascension Sunday 

First Reading: Acts 1:1-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 47:2, 3, 6-9
Second Reading: Ephesians 1: 17-23
Gospel: Matthew 28: 16-20

Today we celebrate the feast of the Ascension.  It is a reminder to me of the universal presence and action of Jesus in the world in a new way, now through the community to carry on his work.  In Matthew we have no indication of a time period between Resurrection and Ascension offering us a message of hope and the task to carry on the mission of Jesus.  The "cloud" in the Hebrew scripture is a sign of God's closeness and presence as compared to images of Jesus arising to the skies as if teleporting to heaven.  "Cloud" image here emphasizes the here and now to the followers of Jesus.  What an amazing interpretation that I was not introduced to as a child.  "Heaven is where God is.  Yes, and God is everywhere".  (Pope John Paul II)  The ongoing presence and action of Jesus in the world is now-through us-to carry on the reconciling work in the world to confront violence.

"Go make disciples of all nations"; "Go and my witness...", "Why look at the sky, what are you waiting for?" (Mt. 28: 19; Acts 1: 8; Acts 1: 11)

"Go" transform the world!

"Go" pick up the fallen or injured, the vulnerable and the homeless!

"Go" heal those hurting!

"Go" love those forgotten, or the person I struggle with most!

"Go"...What are you waiting for?

How will I heed the call to "Go"?  How will I make my country open to all in living out the beattitudes?  How do I offer good news to refugees, the mentally ill, and children in poverty?  Look what lies before you--Get ready and "Go".

Ascension is just the beginning for us.  I am the witness, now commissioned.  Be the good news!

May my heart be enlightened and may I know the hope that belongs to God's call to me.  Teach me how to be a witness.  May I have faith and courage to "go", knowing you give me wisdom of heart, for "behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age".  (Mt. 28:20)

Rosie Miller, osf