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May 17, 2015

Terri asked her Sunday school class to draw pictures of their favorite Bible stories.  She was puzzled by Kyle’s picture which showed 2 people on an airplane.  So she asked him which story it was meant to represent.  “The Ascension” said Kyle.  “I see…” Ms. Terri continued, “And that must be Jesus, but who is the second guy?  Did Jesus take anyone with him when he went to heaven?”  Kyle replied, “You surprise me, Ms. Terri.  Don’t you know that the second man is Pontius, the Pilot.”

The Ascension of Jesus is his “happy ending” but it is our beginning.  Jesus loved the sinful humanity, came down from heaven, suffered, died, rose again and ascended into heaven.  That is his story, but the human salvation story is not complete as he commands us: “Go to all the world and proclaim the Good News to the whole creation” (Mk. 16: 15).

The apostles took this command seriously.  They went as far as they could, and proclaimed the Good News to as many people as they could.  Since then, many others have followed in their footsteps.  Missionaries leave their family and homeland with only one thing in mind: to bring the Good News to the world.

To travel around the world is a dream for many people.  Look at the obituaries in the newspapers.  The people are so proud that they could travel; but carrying the Good News while traveling is different.  Only 1/3 of world population believe in Jesus.  2/3 are waiting to “hear” and “see” the Good News.  What are we going to do about that?  Actually our very life is a “journey” or a “pilgrimage” and the destination is very clear.  How many people have we met?  How many people have we proclaimed the Good News to?  May the Spirit of Jesus strengthen us and make us “missionaries” to carry the Good News to the whole world.



To prepare for the Pentecost, we encourage you to pray this prayer every day:

Holy Spirit, Lord divine, Come from heights of heaven and shine, Come with blessed radiance bright.

Come, o Father of the poor, Come, whose treasured gifts ensure, Come, our heart’s unfailing light.

Of consolers, wisest, best, and our soul’s most welcome guest, Sweet refreshment, sweet repose.

In our labour rest most sweet, Pleasant coolness in the heat, Consolation in our woes.

Light most blessed, shine with grace in our heart’s most sacred place, fill your faithful through and through.

Left without your presence here, Life itself would disappear, nothing thrives apart from you.

Cleanse our soiled hearts of sin, arid souls refresh within, wounded lives to health restore.

Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen, warm the chill, Guide the wayward home once more!

On the faithful who are true And profess their faith in you, In your sevenfold gifts descend!

Give us virtue’s sure reward, Give us your salvation Lord, Give joys that never end!