The Ascension of the Lord

This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord.  Today’s Gospel passage is taken from Saint Mark.  Scripture scholars tell us it is an addition to his Gospel – they refer to it as the “longer ending.”  It is different in style and reflects the traditional stories of Jesus commissioning his disciples to continue his presence on earth by proclaiming the Gospel to all.  Jesus promises to be with us always.  He accomplishes this by commissioning “the Body of Christ,” the Church to reflect his all-embracing love, his gentle compassion, his forgiveness and healing, and by gifting the Church with the Holy Spirit (which we celebrate next Sunday).  As we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord, let us reflect upon our own lives.  How do we understand our role in the commission Jesus extends to us today?  How do we “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature”?  What is our responsibility within our families, our schools, our Church, our neighborhoods, and places where we work?  How do we proclaim the Gospel by our words and our actions?  How are we instruments in bringing Christ’s presence to our world?

Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers!  I hope your families express their love and gratitude to you in special ways today.  As we honor our mothers this day, let us also remember our mothers who have gone before us in faith and thank God for the life they have given us and the love they have shown us.  As we celebrate mothers, we recognize all those who serve in the various roles of mother: mothers, grandmothers, step-mothers, foster mothers, God-mothers, spiritual mothers, and adopted mothers.  To all mothers and “mother figures” in our lives, we pray that you have a blessed and joy-filled Mother’s Day!

You are invited to join us for Mass this Tuesday which will take place in the morning at 11:00 AM.   Saint John Paul II Parish is hosting the League of Catholic Women for their monthly Mass, Luncheon, Meeting, and Speaker.

Congratulations, Grace and Dylan, on the Baptism of your son, Dylan Thomas Riedlinger! What a joy it is this Easter Season to witness the baptism of a child old enough to speak for himself and enter into the waters of the font for his baptism.  May God bless Dylan, you, and your family.  Be assured of the prayers and support of our parish family as you teach your son about Jesus and lead him in the ways of faith.

Blessings on your Easter Season!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ