Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners,

Brothers and sisters, the Lord’s ascension we celebrate today is the visible departure of Jesus to his Father, marking the end of his appearances to the disciples as a group.

Jesus will come again, as proclaimed in our first reading. The time between his visible ascension and his return at the end of time is the era of the Church, the time for the Church to preach the Gospel of repentance and reconciliation to all the nations – as Jesus commanded the disciples to “… to observe all that I have commanded you.” Let us be reminded that this command or commission is not only meant for the first disciples of Jesus but for all of us as well.

We all have a mission from Jesus and He has equipped us for this mission – the Holy Spirit is with us and so we have been empowered. Let us continue to do our best to truly reach out to all the people we can reach out to and teach them the ways of the Lord as we ourselves continue to learn. We are all learning and it is wise to know that we do not know everything. Let us be very aware of the fact that the snares of the enemy is a constant danger. May our pride never take us from true witnessing of our faith to one another. The Holy Spirit is always at work; let us allow His power to lead us. If the Holy Spirit is leading us then truly, great things will happen.

With a great sense of urgency, let us be true witnesses of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ and lead those who are not baptized yet to Baptism so that when the Lord comes again, we will welcome Him with great gladness and rejoicing.

In Christ, Fr. Maro