Thought for the Week

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

FROM ST. AUGUSTINE SPIRITUALITY WEEK

May 24-30, 2020

 

Today is both a sad and joyful day for the apostles, when Jesus took them to a mountain. Standing before them, he declared, “You will receive power, when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” Then, he was lifted up and disappeared into the clouds. Acts 1: 1-11 What could this mean – this ascension? He had told them many times that it was important for him to return to the Father, who had sent him. They still did not get it. They wanted to know, if he was going to restore the kingdom to Israel? Little did they know, that the kingdom of God was already present in a wonderful, unique way.

 

He had told them that he must leave so that the Holy Spirit might come. Who was this Holy Spirit? Another Divine Person who would walk with them and teach them? They had no idea of the power of Divine Love, which is generated by the great love between the Father and Son. Jesus told them many times, that he had come to demonstrate the great love that God has for each human being. This great love is now to be demonstrated by the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity – the Holy Spirit. …and what a change will occur in them when Pentecost comes and they receive the Holy Spirit! A great bond fire ignites in their souls and they are imbued with great courage and animation in all things relating to Jesus’ significance and message. Jesus had told them their ministry, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until end of the age.” Matthew 28: 16-20

 

We, too, have received this same Spirit. He dwells in us through our baptism and confirmation. Do we just take this fact for granted? Was it just another reason for a party and we moved on? Do we invoke the name of the Holy Spirit in our prayers, other than, the Sign of the Cross? Everyday happenings deaden the knowledge of the presence of this power we possess. What would it take to ignite the fervor of the apostles and disciples of the early church? Perhaps this time of isolation can be used to consider our priorities and purpose in this world. Can we exhibit the joy we have in being Christian or must we be politically correct and not offend anyone with our beliefs?

 

Let us remember this week all of the men and women who have made our freedom possible, because of their service in the military. They are also part of the first responders in crisis, so they need special prayers and honoring. May the Holy Spirit fill their hearts with joy and peace.

 

Today we end a week long observance of the fifth anniversary of the publication of “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. On this Global Day of Prayer Pope Francis calls upon us to pray at noon with him. The Pope says, “I renew my urgent call to respond to the ecological crisis. The cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor cannot continue.”

 

St. Augustine School year ends on Friday. We hope to again communicate with you in August 2020, as a new school year will begin. May the Ascended Lord Jesus, his merciful Father and the great Divine Love, the Holy Spirit bless you with a fruitful and happy summer.

 

Sister Rosemarie Goins, Director