Holy Cross Catholic Church
The Pastor' Note
7th Sunday of Easter/Mother's Day

First Reading: Acts 1:1-11
Second Reading: Ephesians 1:17-23
Gospel: Mark 16:15-20

The Lord works with them.

It might be that Jesus' disciples were confused when he ascended into heaven: "What are we supposed to do now?" But they were infused with the Holy Spirit, and the Lord worked with them, confirming their efforts through signs that accompanied their preaching and actions.

Besides the Ascension of Jesus, we also celebrate Mother's Day this weekend. Mothers too, perhaps, experience their own confusion, especially if they are single parents: "How am I supposed to a mother in these circumstances?" But the Lord continues to work with them, and through them, and perhaps even despite their misguided efforts (if there are such). They might not notice, but children will see signs of God's hand at work through the efforts of their mother.

The Lord has left none of us alone, to get through challenges all on our own strength. Rather, he continues to work with us. It might even be that we know the Lord's hand at work when we are challenged, realizing that we might be unable to overcome challenges if it were not for the Lord's working in us and through. We might even notice signs of how the Lord is helping us out, if we're awake. And how often is it that our mothers call us to wake up, not just from sleep, but from being in a daze when it comes to seeing signs of the Lord's working with us?

Happy Mother's Day! Happy we can all be, with the Lord continuing to work with us.

Fr. Greg

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