Engaging Faith | Fri, May 19, 2017
The Ascension of the Lord [a]
May 25, 2017 or May 28, 2017
Matthew 28: 16-20
May 26: Ramadan 2017 in United States will begin in the evening
May 29: Memorial Day in the United States May 29: International Day of UN Peacekeepers
May 31: World No-Tobacco Day
June 4: Pentecost
Reading the Scriptures also makes it clear that the Gospel is not merely about our personal relationship with God. Nor should our loving response to God be seen simply as an accumulation of small personal gestures to individuals in need, a kind of “charity à la carte”, or a series of acts aimed solely at easing our conscience. The Gospel is about the kingdom of God (cf. Luke 4:43); it is about loving God who reigns in our world.
-Pope Francis, Evangelli Gaudium, 180
The true apostle is first of all a person who is “tuned in,” a servant ready for God’s action.
-John Paul II, Athens, Greece, May 5, 2001
Intense prayer, yes, but it does not distract us from our commitment to history: by opening our heart to the love of God it also opens it to the love of our brothers and sisters, and makes us capable of shaping history according to God’s plan. …. A spirituality of communion means, finally, to know how to “make room” for our brothers and sisters, bearing “each other’s burdens” (Gal 6:2) and resisting the selfish temptations which constantly beset us and provoke competition, careerism, distrust and jealousy.
-John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte
We have a lot of work to do. Every time we reach out and assuage someone’s hunger, and do that in memory of Jesus, a sense of Eucharist will bring to consciousness the Spirit and the real presence of Jesus - in us, through us, among us. That Spirit alone is capable of transforming us and the world Miriam Therese Winter, MMS Come, Holy Spirit! Help us to overcome our selfishness.
-Pope Francis @ Pontifex, May 20, 2015
The royal road to peace is to see others not as enemies to be opposed but as brothers and sisters to be embraced.
-Pope Francis @ Pontifex, April 19, 2016
Thoughts for Your Consideration
In the first reading the followers of Jesus look up to heaven.
The angels ask them “Why?”
It is as if they are saying: “Why don’t you just look around and then maybe you will see the Christ?”
- Look around and you will see the presence of Christ.
- Look around and you will hear the call of God.
- Look around and you will know the power of the Spirit.
- Look around and you will be empowered.
- Look around and you will be filled with joy.
- You will be involved in the struggle for justice and peace.
- You will hear the voice of God among the poor and needy of the world.
- You will notice those who are refugees and immigrants.
- You will see the beauty of creation and also the tragic harm being done to creation.
- You will hear God speak in the struggle for peace and justice.
- You will see God in the goodness and faith of people.
- You will see God in those who struggle to do what is right and good.
- You will be led into life and grace.
- God dwells in the world.
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