May 29th in Honor of Memorial Day
This weekend we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord. The Ascension gives us a great deal of hope. That hope comes from being given the promise of the Holy Spirit and from that heart-felt belief that we will someday follow Jesus. To be followers of Jesus we must go where he has gone and He must go there ﬁrst. Just like his role as the Good Shepherd in which his sheep followed him, we too look to the Ascension as that sign that Jesus is going to heaven and is preparing the way for each of us. Our hope in heaven begins with the Ascension, it begins with Jesus going there ﬁrst.
In the meantime, Jesus gives us each a mission. In our Gospel Jesus tells his disciples, and us as well, to “Go and make disciples of all nations”. His mission to us is one that he already modeled in his life on earth. Like the Ascension, he did that ministry before us, he went there ﬁrst. Now we follow him by doing that very same ministry ourselves. As we celebrate this Ascension and look to the Lord Jesus rising up to heaven on a cloud with a great deal of hope and anticipation, let us turn our attention to the ministry at hand and follow Jesus in that ministry with the power of the Holy Spirit which we each receive.
Pentecost Sunday June 4, 2017
The sacred Easter season of 50 days oﬃcially comes to an end on the Solemnity of Pentecost. Pentecost is the day that commemorates the giving of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles and Disciples, the beginnings of the Church and its mission to every tongue, people, and nation. The earliest followers of Christ, ﬁlled with the Holy Spirit and encouraged by His grace, were ﬁred up to spread the gospel to all nations as they themselves lived and proclaimed the Gospel.
The Eastern DuPage Deanery wishes all 17 parishes to recognize the celebration of Pentecost and for parishioners to bring a friend and to wear red, the color of Pentecost. Going forward, we encourage everyone to bring the Good News of Jesus into every human situation to strengthen relationships with Jesus and to lead others to conversion.
Go and make disciples