by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 05/17/2012

in Easter

Jesus said to his disciples: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15 )

A Prayer Poem by Sister Juliemarie McDonald, SND for the
Feast of the Ascension, Cycle B
(Note: At the discretion of your bishop, this solemnity may be celebrated on Thursday, May 17 or on Sunday, May 20.)

This day Jesus, the Good Shepherd, leaves earth and ascends to heaven.
Mary, the apostles and disciples climbed the mountain, like sheep following a shepherd.
Reaching the top, the group listened attentively to Jesus’ last words.

A second seeming death, one of final separation, descended upon the followers
of the Way.
As they gazed upward, a cloud began to envelop their beloved Shepherd.
Many had journeyed in his footsteps,
now they watched as his feet became one with the cloud.

All gazed, eyes searching in that last glimpse.
Mixed feelings of awe, sadness and yet unspeakable joy flooded their hearts.

“Two men dressed in white garments” interrupted their stupor. “Men of Galilee,
why are you standing there looking at the sky?” (Acts 1:11a)

This day Mary became their Shepherdess!
She nudged Peter and all followed Mary down the mountain,
The Shepherdess led them to the upper room to await the Holy Spirit.
Jesus had given them a mission. Preach, teach, heal.
Share the Good News to all the nations.

And you dear followers of Jesus, do you find yourselves,
standing in a stupor, caught up and stressed out?
You, too, have been baptized with a mission.
With unspeakable joy embrace your discipleship.
Preach, teach and heal with your giftedness
from the Holy Spirit.

For Reflection and Sharing:

1. To whom is Jesus sending you to share the gospel?
2. How will you accomplish this mission of preaching, teaching and healing?
3. Where is your upper room and how will you prepare for the Spirit’s coming?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Sister Helen Chasae May 17, 2012 at 9:45 am

Dear Sister Juliemarie,
Happy Ascension Day! Thank you for your message to encourage us to
be instruments of Jesus’ mission to preach, teach, and heal.
Please pray for my brother, Albert, for healing. Thank you so much.
Grateful love and prayers,
Sr. Helen


Sr. Ellen Beebe May 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Juliemarie, I like very much the thought of Mary taking some leadership here! Thank you!


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