Wednesday News from St. Patrick’s
Grace and peace to you, dear community of St. Patrick’s. The fifty days of Easter are coming to a close. I trust that this has been a season of joy as we celebrate the risen Christ moving among us. Joy is a deep and enduring affection that grounds all of life. We read in Psalm 98 that all the earth makes a joyful sound. In his letter to the Romans, Paul wishes such joy for the community, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). God, the author of creation and the One whose abiding love sustains life itself, is our source of joy. I encourage you to remember and give thanks for the joys in your life, to reach out to those people who bring you joy, and seek those who might need the witness of joy in times of challenge.
This Thursday the Church celebrates the Feast of the Ascension, the day we remember when Jesus was taken up to heaven. His disciples had a difficult road ahead of them. But they were filled with joy and the Spirit. Jesus left with them, and has left us, the Holy Spirit, so that they, and we, are empowered to be witnesses to Jesus’ love, the love that he showed in healing the sick, calling out injustice, and teaching the crowds what love is. As we remember Jesus’ ascension, we are reminded that we are the body of Christ. It is worth recalling the words of Teresa of Avila, who calls us to be who we are, the body of Christ for the sake of the world:
Christ has no body now but ours,
No hands, no feet on earth but ours.
Jesus looks at the world through our loving eyes,
Jesus walks to do good with our marching feet,
Jesus blesses the world with our helping hands,
Ours are the hands, ours are the feet,
ours are the eyes, we are Jesus’ body.
Christ has no body now on earth but ours.
If you would like to celebrate the Feast of the Ascension, the National Cathedral will be celebrating with a Festal Eucharist at 12 noon, on Thursday, May 30th. St. Thomas, DuPont Circle will be consecrating their new worship space also on Ascension Day at 7 pm. Wherever you might be this Thursday, let us join with one another to pray: "Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen." (Collect for the Day of Ascension, Book of Common Prayer, p. 174)
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