Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection - Ascension

The Holy Spirit will come upon you! 
(c) Mary TV 2014

 May 29, 2014
The Ascension of the Lord

Dear Family of Mary,
"Dear children! Pray and be aware that without God you are dust. Therefore, turn your thoughts and heart to God and to prayer. Trust in His love. In God's Spirit, little children, you are all called to be witnesses. You are precious and I call you,  little children, to holiness, to eternal life. Therefore, be aware that this life is passing. I love you and call you to a new life of  conversion. Thank you for having responded to my call." May 25, 2014

Today we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord Jesus into heaven. After spending 40 days with the Apostles and disciples, Jesus made his farewell, saying:    
He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Sama'ria and to the end of the earth." And when he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.  (Acts 1: 7-9)
Notice the things that were important for Jesus to say as He left His beloved ones:

1. "It is not for your to know the times or seasons.".... Don't try to predict the future, the future is in the Father's hands.  Live in the present and trust Him.
2. "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you"...So don't worry about how you will manage without me! 
3. "You shall be my the end of the earth."  That is your job now, to tell everyone about me. 

I find these three things very comforting.  The future is outside our ken, but we are being given the Holy Spirit to empower us and with that Spirit we will be able to witness to the ends of the earth!!  Didn't Our Lady just tell us, "In God's Spirit, little children, you are all called to be witnesses." Like the Apostles, we are being called to tell the world about Jesus, to share the incredible news that Jesus is Risen, that He is Lord and God, and that He loves each one of us so much He would die for us!  This witness is possible only in the power of the Spirit. 

Tomorrow we will begin the oldest novena in our tradition, the Novena to the Holy Spirit.  We will be joining the Apostles in the upper room, waiting for the coming of the Spirit with the help of Our Lady.  She was with the Apostles then, and she is with us now through her presence in Medjugorje.  We can trust her to guide us well in this novena time.  Jesus wanted her to be with His Apostles then, to teach them how to pray and wait.  We need to learn the same. 

Over the next nine days we will wait and learn from Our Lady, by meditating on her messages.  I am excited to make this novena from Medjugorje!! We will start tomorrow!

God bless you all,
Cathy Nolan

(c)Mary TV 2014

PS.  Tom made it to Medjugorje last night, and we are praising God for our safe travels.  Please pray for our work with the team here.  We are praying for all of you, especially on this special feast day.

"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."
Saint John Paul II
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