For the Last Day of the Church Year, Saturday of the Thirty-Fourth Ordinary Week
Forty days after rising from the dead, Christ ascended bodily into the invisible glory of heaven.
On Pentecost, ten days after Christ’s ascension, the very first PUBLIC revelation of the Spirit-filled Church took place while the apostles were joined in prayer together with Mary the mother of Jesus.
Ever since then, the Church is still renewed and publicly revealed by the power of the Spirit in the Sacraments— especially here in the Mass, the celebration of the Eucharist, the Flesh and Blood of Christ.
The Eucharist reveals and renews the Church with the power of the Holy Spirit.
It is here that we receive the ability to do what Christ teaches us today in his Gospel.
Today Christ ends the lesson he has been giving us all week— this final week of the Church year.
One day Christ will amaze the universe as he returns with power and glory to gather his Church into the final fulfillment of the Kingdom.
We must cultivate a lively hope for that day by living upright lives, keeping our hearts ready, watchful, sober and steadfast.
Today Christ also tells us to pray for strength— just as the apostles prayed with Mary for Pentecost.
When Christ returns, he wants to find us on the lookout for him— just as the apostles and Mary were on the lookout for the Spirit.
For all these realities, Christ always and already gives us the possibility, the power, the opportunity and the presence— here, as we celebrate, offer up and receive his Flesh and Blood and Spirit in the Church.