Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI

Reflection for May 8, 2016

The gift of change: Holy Spirit is possible, in part, because of Jesus' Ascension

by Sister Elise Cholewinski

This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord.  Jesus is departing from His disciples, and yet it is a day of joy and anticipation.  Why?

Consider this scenario:  I have ministered in a parish for many years; more recently, I have discerned the Lord's calling to leave this parish. I have been focused on one type of service and am now is being invited by different people to serve in several places throughout the diocese, engaging in a variety of ministries.  As I embark on this new venture, I feel my creative energies flowing.

Now analogies do limp, but there is still a relationship between this situation and Jesus’ ascension. The historical Jesus lived in one country, Israel. He made a great impact on those whom He personally met. As Risen Lord He would return to the Father and send His Spirit upon the whole world. That Spirit would know no bounds. The Spirit would breathe upon the little community gathered in Jerusalem and empower the disciples to carry the Good News of Jesus to the ends of the earth. The Ascension always points to Pentecost.

One questions remains: How far “to the ends of the earth” have we been called to proclaim the Gospel?



Thanks, Elise, for a very inspiring reflection. Keeping you in thought and prayer during this time of transition.

Yes, Elise, I echo Laura's thought and prayers for you at this time.

Elise, "The only thing constant is change." has become my motto. Guess that is the Spirit at work in what we anticipate and what we fear. Thanks.

Thank you, Sister Elise. Letting go pervades all of our lives in so many ways on a daily basis. Jesus' disciples had to let go of Jesus' bodily presence and to recognize His Spirit among them all ways and always. That is our challenge as well. Blessings as you journey into the mysteries before you.


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