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"They said, "Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?"​

Acts 1:11
Dear Deacon Nguyen,

Do you look at old photo albums longing for the "good 'ole days"?
The apostles looking up at the sky as Jesus ascended into heaven is akin to us yearning for the "good 'ole days"—as if to define the here and now by the "there and then"! While it is important to learn from the past, it is imperative that we move on to address today's needs.

I think back to our first group of Maryknollers to venture into Africa.

On August 26, 1946, four Maryknoll Fathers—Louis Bayless, M.M., William Collins, M.M., Albert Good, M.M., and Joseph Brannigan, M.M.—set sail from Brooklyn, NY on the HMS Good Hope Castle. Their long journey eventually took them to Tanganyika, (now Tanzania), where they worked to establish the Musoma Diocese. The mission of Maryknollers today in Africa is very different; the local Church is well established and thriving. Today Maryknollers cooperate with the local Church helping where we can and learning from them. As we learn from them, we take our lead from the Lord's manner of teaching.

The Resurrected Christ was present to His disciples, readying them for the mission work they were to do. Their understanding of mission increased vastly after Pentecost. Many of their burning questions became irrelevant, and they became empowered by the Holy Spirit. Fearful, scattered and defeated after Jesus' death, the disciples became fearless, unified and determined after He re-appeared to instruct them in their new duties.

Prayer for Ascension Sunday​

O God, You zoomed Jesus back into heaven, where He now sits at Your right hand, as we usually say it. That was some disappearing act You two put on, with a twist that we don't often catch: in one sense, we are on our own now! Well, not really! We know we can never escape the overwhelming power of Your presence and action in our lives. And yet we are more challenged than ever to act boldly, to speak fearlessly, to love intimately and to know that Your Spirit will always be with us as we give testimony to the astounding effects of the story of Jesus' coming and going among us.

Amen.

~ Father John P. Martin, M.M.
Dinh, let's pay heed to the lesson of the Ascension! "The essential vocation and mission of the lay faithful is to strive those earthly realities and all human activity may be transformed by the Gospel; none of us can think we are exempt from concern for the poor and for social justice..." (Pope Francis—"Evangelii Gaudium") Let's not get stuck in the past longing for the old days. In the Ascension, Jesus trusts us with His mission. While cherishing the memories of the blessings that we have received from the Lord, can we also remain open to what He is asking of us today?

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers go overseas and share God's Love & compassion with the poor and suffering – discover more about Maryknoll and our missions of mercy around the globe. Explore ways to support our mission.

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