Heavenly Things. . .

 

Let’s begin with a shout out to moms.

The most beautiful example of motherhood is found in our Blessed Mother. The entire month of May is devoted to our Blessed Lady. Mary accepted the Father’s invitation to be the mother of our Savior. Mary, young and a little afraid, questioned the angel before accepting the honor of being the Mother of God, and the pain that would accompany her “fiat.”

With a love that is beyond our human understanding, Mother Mary intercedes for us. She brings our little worries and cares to Jesus, and He takes them to the Father. What a beautiful, heavenly family we have watching over us! Mary loved and nurtured Jesus, through the cuts and scrapes of his early childhood, through the rebellion of his adolescence and even through his reluctance to perform his first public miracle at Cana! Mary is a model of the beauty and selfless sacrifice that is the mark of motherhood. We salute and thank all mothers for the beautiful gift of life.

Today we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord. After accomplishing all that he was called to do on this earth, Jesus ascended to heaven to the right hand of the Father and sent the Holy Spirit to dwell among us. The Spirit is that gentle nudging to get down on our knees and pray despite being weary from a long day. The Spirit ignites that feeling within our hearts; we are lifted up in prayer or moved in music beyond our own humanity, to a place where we are filled with the Lord’s presence. The Spirit is the subtle and gentle voice that calls us out of our own self-centeredness to care for the needs of our neighbor.

We have talked a lot in these past months, about what it means to be a disciple of Christ. To be a disciple is to follow where Jesus leads. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I get it wrong more than I get it right. Like St. Paul, I want to do the “good thing,” but I often fall prey to my own human weakness. I stumble and fall a few times, before I get up again and head on the right path.

Jesus is calling each of us to holiness. Our call to holiness is a call to live out our lives, by trusting everything to our loving God! We are called to be disciples in the midst of our everyday lives. We are called to accept our human imperfections and failures, as we allow Jesus to come into the parts of us that need His healing. Jesus left us His Spirit to guide and direct our lives. If we follow Christ, we will never take a wrong turn or find ourselves in want.

God loves us from heaven. He also gave us an earthly mother to watch over us and guide us. There is a special bond that connects us to our mothers. We also have a special bond that draws us closer to God, who created and redeemed us. Today we thank God for our mothers, who sacrificed for us and helped us to grow. We thank God for sending a Savior, who died for our sins. We are called to live out our Catholic faith, by placing God at the center of our lives and by trusting in Him for everything. May we cherish the bond we have with our earthly mother, as we look to heaven, our true home, and the bond of our God who loves us unconditionally. May we call upon our heavenly mother, Mother Mary, to intercede for us for our every need.

My brothers and sisters, we are not orphans! We have a family here on earth and in heaven. Let us thank God for our earthly family, for the love we receive from them. Let us thank God for our heavenly family and for the love and intercession that surrounds us. Jesus ascended to the Father to sit at His right hand, where he waits for the day we will meet Him face to face. He longs for our lives to be more conformed to his.

Let us celebrate the gift of our mothers and the Feast of the Ascension, where Jesus, having returned to his true home, intercedes for us at the right hand of the Father.

In Christ who leads us,

Deacon Tim

 

 

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