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May 29, 2022

The Ascension of the Lord

“He [Jesus] presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.”  St. Luke spends a good deal of time in his writings with Jesus’ words to his disciples focused on the kingdom of God.

The kingdom of God is here and now.  It is what we, as Christians, are directed by Jesus to make visible in our world today.  We bring about the kingdom of God when we follow Jesus’ words in our lives.  We build it when we follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit.   

Our Gospel passage this weekend begins as Jesus recaps salvation history.  He works to place the disciples in the story and then he directs them to begin the work of building the kingdom from where they were in Jerusalem.  This work is to preach the forgiveness of sins in his name to all the nations.  After Jesus is taken into heaven, the disciples can be found “continually in the temple praising God.” They take time for prayer and move about sharing the Gospel.  What does the kingdom of God look like to you?  How do you bring it about in your life?

Significant changes are about to take place in parishes across the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as the implementation of the Beacons of Light Pastoral Plan begins.  These changes are intended to assist the church in bringing about the kingdom of God in this time and place.  It is no longer possible to continue as we have.  Please note that these changes are intended to build the kingdom of God.  The changes will bring about loss which is the reality of any change.  We all will feel loss.  I will miss being a part of the community.  On July 1st, a new pastor will begin his ministry here at Our Lady of Lourdes.  He will be assisted by other priests.  There will be changes to the patterns of ministry including the weekend and weekday Mass schedules.  It will take awhile for everyone to get to know each other and remember the new schedule.  As this all takes place, please recall that we are challenged by Jesus to always continue the work of building the kingdom of God. 

I continue to pray for each of you as we enter this time of transition.  Please do the same for me and all involved.  I also pray for peace in the world, especially in Ukraine. I pray for those who gave their lives in service to our country on this Memorial Day weekend.  Finally, I pray that all life may protected. 

Have a blessed week!  Fr. Len

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