“Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News.”
Wednesday, 19 May 2021
Part of the good news of the Ascension is that we are to take responsibility for continuing Jesus’ mission. We are called now to embody Jesus in our world and continue his mission. We make incarnate God’s loving presence in the world as Jesus once did. We proclaim the good news in tangible ways – in the way we hold the hand of a dying person or help a child notice the beauty of creation.
As St Teresa of Avila said:
“Christ has no body now, but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth, but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world.
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.”
We, like the Apostles, are invited to wait with eager anticipation for the promised coming of the Holy Spirit, which empowers us for this responsibility. The proclamation of the Good News is not only the preserve of priests and religious leaders. It is a responsibility entrusted to each of us differently depending on our distinctive gifts and context. Our witness to the fact that “we have seen the Lord” can be expressed through the way we parent, in our friendships, in the way we treat the environment and in how we do the particular work that we find ourselves called to it. St Ignatius reminds us that love is expressed more in deeds than words. We might ponder how our quality of presence preaches the good news in our own time and carries on the mission that Jesus entrusted to us his disciples.