by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich
As I reflected on Sunday's readings, I thought of the phrase, "Don't just stand there, do something!"
In our first reading for the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, the disciples are challenged to move on rather than stand there looking into the skies. Jesus ascended to God right before their eyes and now it was their time to be His hands, His voice and His feet in the world. It was their time to "do something."
We are challenged to "go out to the world" and do something just as the disciples were. We have heard Jesus' message, we know His story and we are to witness His love. St. Teresa of Avila wrote: "Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion is to look out to the earth. Yours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good and yours are the hands by which He is to bless us now."
May the power of God's Spirit flow through us and grace us with what we need to continue the mission and ministry of Jesus.
I like the reflection - do something. And, I like the quote from Teresa of Avila.
Lynne Marie, in a few words you capture the fundamental message of the Ascension story. I ask myself who the angels are in my life that point me outward, challenging me to be Jesus' witness in NE WI.
i love this. i thought of the quote of Teresa as soon as i started reading the reflection and there it appeared!!
a gentle reminder of exampling Christ's through our earthly actions. inspiring and remindful.
Lynne, great reflection. It made me think of Sr. Joan Brider. Just Do It
Thanks, Lynne Marie! Your reflection gave me continued energy to continue working with the sick and dying! By the way, my comment is late but nothing unusual about that is there? Paulette