I once heard a story about a young boy, who was staring into a store window on a busy street in New York City. He was barefoot and it was the middle of winter. A woman who was walking down the street noticed the boy, took him by the hand, and led him into a shoe store. She asked the store salesman to bring her a towel soaked in warm water. She proceeded to wash and dry the little boy’s feet. She then bought him several pairs of warm socks and a new pair of shoes.

This month we celebrate the feast of the Ascension of the Lord. Jesus instructs the disciples and each of us to continue his work here on earth. He reminds us that the action of God takes place here on earth by each of us helping one another and working together. Jesus reminds us that we need not stare into the sky to look to or for God because God is here with us and we are called as Christians to continue his saving work on earth. We are to work together with God in building up his Kingdom.

“In Jesus, there is a home for each of us”

Jesus returns to the Father on the Feast of the Ascension, and he taught us through his life, death, and resurrection from the dead how to best live our lives. Each of us is called to care for the needs of the poor, to reach out to the stranger, to console the sick, and to be peacemakers. Jesus taught us everything we need to know and continues to instruct us as we gather together as a faith community at the table of the Lord to celebrate this Eucharist. Let us not look to the sky, but rather to each other, as we gather together to continue the mission that Jesus began in our world.

During this month of May, I pray that you might be like one of Jesus’ disciples and continue the mission that he began, just as that woman cared for the shoeless young boy.


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