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May 28, 2017: The Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord
We are like the disciples not only in our doubting, but also in that we have been given the power to continue the work of Jesus. In a society in which healthy self-esteem is so difficult for so many people, consider what Jesus does for us: he gives us the power to continue his work and, even more, he remains within us, so we are his risen presence for others. How healthy should our self-esteem be! We carry within us the Holy Spirit, the riesn presence of Christ!
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JUNE 4, 2017: The Solemnity of Pentecost
Pentecost is more than celebrating the "birthday" of the Church -- it celebrates our "birth" into risen life ("He breathed on them'; cf Genesis 2:7), and being sent to forgive others. We can speak of a "birthday" of the Church (the Church being the Body of Christ) only when we make the Church a reality, through forgiveness of one another. Then EVERY day is a "birthday" -- a birthing of the risen life of Christ in each other.
Forgiveness is sometimes the most difficult thing we do; so many simple acts in our everyday living demand that we seek and give forgiveness. This is why Jesus sent the Spirit: to empower us, through our common risen life we share, to forgive, to heal divisions in our community, to be peacemakers. We overcome our fears and unlock the doors of our closed relationships when we reach out to others in forgiveness.