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Wait and trust in God’s timing Print E-mail
Written by Jean Denton   
Sunday, May 8, 2016

Solemnity of the
Ascension of the Lord

Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47:2-3, 6-03
Ephesians 1:17-23
Luke: 24:46-53

This week’s Gospel shows the impressive patience and trust of Jesus’ disciples as they watch their beloved master depart from them, ascending into heaven.

He had been preparing them to go forth and spread his message to the whole world. In his final words, he again declares this to be their mission. However, he tells them not to go yet.

They respect the fact that their desire and abilities alone will be insufficient for the task. Jesus’ transformative work is possible only with the power of his Spirit.

It’s the difference between knowing about Jesus and knowing Jesus. For the latter to take place, we must sometimes wait and trust in God’s timing.

For instance, my friend Julie, a devout Catholic, wanted her husband Scott to share her faith, but over 20 years of marriage he showed no interest. She prayed for him but didn’t push him.

Then, grieving over her father’s death, Julie herself wandered away from the Church for a time. She returned after attending a women’s retreat, where she received the emotional and spiritual healing she needed.

Subsequently, she joined a Bible study group who asked her to invite Scott to come along. Julie assured Scott the group had no intention of converting him to Catholicism but simply wanted to know him and learn from his early experiences of faith in another tradition.

To her surprise, Scott accepted and quickly became an enthusiastic participant. He also began attending church with Julie and was welcomed by more of her friends. Then he signed up for a retreat where other men in the community shared their experiences of God with him. “It changed my life,” he said.

Julie had waited and the Spirit did not disappoint -- it renewed her and then embraced Scott with the unconditional love and encouragement that can only come through Christ.


This column is offered in cooperation with The North Texas Catholic of Fort Worth, Texas.

 
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