This is Ascension Thursday, though in many dioceses the feast will be celebrated on Sunday. This morning Peggy read the end of Mark’s gospel for our meditation:
So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them,
was taken up into heaven
and took his seat at the right hand of God.
But they went forth and preached everywhere,
while the Lord worked with them
and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.
Usually my Ascension reflections tend toward the “sending” of the disciples and the “going away” of Jesus. Kind of like he handed-off the baton. But today I heard that line “while the Lord worked with them” and it gave me something to think about all day.
Jesus still has his hands in the work he has entrusted to me. His hands were on mine as I put the lunch leftovers back in the refrigerator and cleaned two bedrooms at Nazareth Hall. He sat with us tonight as we discussed the directional statement from our congregational Chapter and wondered how it would transform us as Sisters of Charity and Associates. What confidence these words inspire as we give ourselves over to the mission of Jesus! He is still working right alongside of us. In fact his Spirit is our very impulse to serve.