This article appears in the church bulletin of Our Lady of Victory Parish, Manhattan, May 9, 2010.
Saying our good-byes is never that easy. The Church is now preparing for the feast of the Lord’s Ascension and we hear of Jesus bidding farewell to his disciples. He reminds them to love one another and he tells them that He will always be with them. Now He is ready to go back to the Father.
Loving parents care so much about their children and they would like to prepare their loved ones for that separation. They would like to be assured that the children will be in good hands when they are gone. They give them their last minute instructions. And the main thing is that they continue loving each other and to have peace among themselves – none of those fighting and quarrels and divisions! And what joy there is when children try to imbibe the good teachings and examples of their parents when they are gone.
Shakespeare said, “Parting is such a sweet sorrow…”
The disciples were sad (the Risen Lord was no longer in their midst) but also filled with joy that the Spirit of the Lord will come down and be with them. This is the Spirit of the Lord that is alive in each one of us. It is the Spirit that is active and vibrant in our Christian communities and churches. Let us pass on to others God’s Spirit that is within us all!
– Fr. Reynaldo A. Domagas