Disciples on a Journey…Together

May 22, 2023

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to attend Mass at St. Joseph Church in Rockville, IN.

In the homily, we were reminded that the Feast of the Ascension is a time of transition. It is a time of change. 

We were reminded of some of the transition times in our lives…moving from kindergarten to 1st grade…8th grade to high school…high school to college.  These transitions brought changes for us as individuals and for our families.  Each transition came with promise, challenge, perhaps some fear.  I met a Kindergartener Sunday who was totally excited to be going into 

1st grade!

All of us can remember transition times in our lives.  We may be thankful for them or mourn what we lost in the transition.  Hopefully we can enter times of transition in prayer finding God’s presence in our time of change.  Or, in hindsight, we realize God’s presence in those times of transition. 

The disciples no longer had Jesus present with them on earth.  They were given the direction…“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

This Sunday, on the Feast of Pentecost we will hear Jesus with the Holy Spirit call and empower the disciples for their mission.  What mission is God calling us to?  How are we to go about our lives as disciples living God’s love?  May we take some time this week in prayer to seek God’s call for us as we celebrate Pentecost and our continuing call to conversion and discipleship.

Holy Spirit

Sequence  Veni, Sancte Spiritus

Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
    Shed a ray of light divine!
Come, Father of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
    Come, within our bosoms shine.
You, of comforters the best;
You, the soul’s most welcome guest;
    Sweet refreshment here below;
In our labor, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat;
    Solace in the midst of woe.
O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of yours,
    And our inmost being fill!
Where you are not, we have naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
    Nothing free from taint of ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your dew;
    Wash the stains of guilt away:
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
    Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful, who adore
And confess you, evermore
    In your sevenfold gift descend;
Give them virtue’s sure reward;
Give them your salvation, Lord;
    Give them joys that never end. Amen.

Sharon Vogler
Pastoral Life Coordinator 
All Saints Parish