|Ascension by Salvador Dali|
One little boy answered innocently, "I see the bottom of Jesus' feet!" Apparently, Salvador Dali felt the same way.
But today's Solemnity is about more than the ascension itself. We can find Jesus' command to all of us in the Gospel reading.
"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20)
Make disciples of all nations. Wow! What an undertaking. Yet, as baptized Christians, that is what Jesus commands of us. Are we expected to travel to the far corners of the earth and share the Good News with all God's people. No, but there are many who do so through their missionary calling. All we have to do is begin right in our homes. If we share the passion we have for our faith with our families and then our friends, then they will go forward and share with additional friends and family.
Jesus started with 12 disciples, then he commissioned the 72 (Luke 10) and so on and so forth. We need to share our faith with others, that is the key - and unfortunately something that many Catholics are not comfortable doing. But our love of Christ and our faith shouldn't leave us standing there looking up at the sky and searching for the bottoms of his feet. But we are to shout from the mountain tops with passion and love. Let's plant those seeds in the hearts of our young people so that they may be like the 72 and go out and share their faith.