“Faith can only be communicated through witness, and that means love. Not with our own ideas but with the Gospel, lived out in our own lives and brought to life within us by the Holy Spirit…It’s not so much about speaking, but rather speaking with our whole lives …” Pope Francis, 5/18/13.
This Feast of the Ascension teaches and celebrates the Paschal Mystery, that passage of Christ through suffering and death to resurrection, and his return to glory as he ascends to his Father. Remembering Epiphany’s 43rd anniversary this weekend, we also rejoice at our participation in this Paschal Mystery. We re-affirm that, “We are a manifestation of God in our times,” and “Epiphany announces: God is here!” It is our choice and our commitment to become a community “animated by the Holy Spirit” – and each of us needs to tend the Spirit’s fire and spread God’s love to all. In what situations are you aware of the presence of God’s Spirit?
How is God calling you, how is God calling our Epiphany community, to bring Christ’s love to family, friends, school, workplace -- the world?