What are you waiting for?

Readings for May 16 2021
Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
Ephesians 1:17-23
Ephesians 4:1-13
Mark 16:15-20


An angel asked the Apostles, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking up at the sky?” And, until the angel interrupted, it must have felt very reasonable to be doing so since Jesus had just gone straight up and into heaven right before their eyes. Yet as I read the account of the Ascension, I wonder how often I am just looking up at the sky, waiting for something else to happen. What am I looking or waiting for? Perhaps I, too, need an angel to startle me out of my stupor.

The thing is, the message was crystal clear. Jesus first told the Apostles that the Holy Spirit would come to guide them. Then, upon receiving the Holy Spirit, they were to go and be witnesses to the Gospel–everywhere, to everyone. Standing around looking up at the sky was not part of their assignment. Nor is it part of my commission. So I must, as a professed Christian, be a witness to the Gospel. And yes, I can choose to do so writing a blog, but more so I need to live my life in accordance with the Good News, living as if it truly is good news. That’s a call to action I cannot fulfill by standing around with my mouth agape looking upward. So it’s about time I shut my mouth and start looking around me.

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, right before your Ascension into heaven you told your apostles to be God’s witnesses to the ends of the earth upon receiving the Holy Spirit. May I be similarly inspired to spread your Gospel message in word and deed, according to your will for me. And may I do so prudently and joyfully, with your help, your guidance, and your grace! And remembering this glorious event, help me to seek what is above, Heaven, where you are seated at the right hand of God the Father! Amen
-Ascension prayer

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