Reflections - May 8, 2016

“Then he led them out……raised his hands, and blessed them….he parted from them and was taken up to heaven.  They did him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and they were continually in the temple praising God.”  Lk. 24:50-53.
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord.  After preparing His Church during forty days, Jesus sends His disciples to bring the Good News of Salvation to all and to give witness that He died for our sins and rose from the dead.
Our Savior, “with wounded hands and with eyes and heart of flesh”, is seated at the right hand of the Father, as the Creed says, interceding for us and asks His Apostles “to await the coming of the Holy Spirit”.
Also in this spiritual experience that the disciples lived in the Ascension of the Lord, it would serve us well to reflect that after giving “him homage they were continually in the temple praising God”.
How well the Gospel presents to us that “the adoration” of the disciples was not limited to the time of the Ascension, but that their intentions and their worshiping mood brought them to adore our Lord by giving “him homage continually in the temple”.  It is a formidable weapon put at our disposal by the disciples in our spiritual battle.  It means to put our pride, sins, and all our plans kneeling before the Lord, who “is sitting at the right hand of the Father”.  The Apostles together with Mary prepared themselves worshiping in prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit for the first evangelization:  “Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand persons were added that day.”  Acts 2:41.
I take this opportunity to invite, on this Mother’s Day, all our dear mothers to teach their children to worship the Lord.  You are the auxiliaries of God and that is their first evangelization.  “A world without mothers who worship the risen and alive Lord is a world filled with orphans”.
I would like to invite all mothers at Holy Mass to thank God for their motherhood, their children, and their family in the moment during the “Gloria” when we say:  “we adore you, we give you thanks”.  In the Holy Eucharist we worship the Son of God, which is seated at the right hand of the Father, and we give Him thanks for all mothers, dead or alive, and especially for the Queen of heaven, the Blessed Virgin Mary, in this month of May.