Sunday, May 20, 2007
7th Sunday of Easter & Ascension of the Lord
Luke begins the Acts of the Apostles by explaining that his first book, his Gospel, dealt with all Jesus did and taught until "the day he was taken up, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles whom he had chosen." He tells them that they will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
The Apostles do not understand; they are still asking him if he is going to restore the kingdom to Israel now. Jesus again tells them that they will recieve power from the Holy Spirit and then "he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight."
They stood there, looking up at the sky and suddenly two men dressed in garments are there asking them why they are just standing there. The homily for today said that we are not to just look but go do something if we have active faith. I think the Apostles were bewildered and lost without Jesus. It was a time of waiting, remembering, and praying together for the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Church gives us this week before Pentecost to do the same! Come, Holy Spirit, and renew the face of the earth!