Vocation Meditation -
Ascension Sunday, 2011
“Go and make disciples of all nations..”
The feast of the Ascension is about the maturing of the disciples in their faith and trust in Jesus and their readiness to take up His mission. After His death and resurrection, Jesus taught them all they needed to carry on His mission, the proclamation of the kingdom of God.
Gathered now on a mountain, they are commissioned to “Go forth and make disciples of all nations..” Go out and tell the story of Jesus, the promised One of God, who through His death and resurrection has become Life for the world, and Light for all who will believe in Him.
The Ascension teaches us that when our lives are united to Christ, they are no longer to be lived just for ourselves, but for the sake of others. We will experience the risen Christ especially in serving those most in need, the marginalized in our society, in the poor and the forgotten, those suffering form hunger or lack of shelter, those who yearn for peace. We are in fact, co-operators with our God in the unfolding of the reign of God’s peace and justice, and preparing for the day of when all creation will be made new. The Ascension then is really about accepting the responsibility of our baptismal vocation to live the commission of Christ.
How am I O’God to live out Your commission, to reveal Your love in the world, to be apostolic in my everyday life? How do you want me to serve You through my baptismal vocation? Do I hear a deeper call to commit my whole life to Your service perhaps as a priest, a religious sister or brother?
God our Father make us joyful in the ascension of Your Son Jesus Christ. Through the guidance of your Holy Spirit, may I learn to follow Him daily in faith, trust and service of others, that Your new creation may become a reality in my own heart in the hearts of many others.
For the full Gospel reading for this Sunday, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops site.