May 24, 2020.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, … teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” (Mathew 28, 19)
The Ascension of the Lord to heaven implied, without a doubt, an enormous burden for the apostles. True the pain of the separation was mitigated by the “displays” of Christ on earth -the Eucharist, the Word, the apostles, the needy neighboor, his presence amongst the disciples-, as the maternal attendance of the Virgin and by the hope of meeting with him again in the eternal life.
However, besides the pain, the absence of Christ represented a vacum that was now them; the apostles, the disciples, which had to be filled. It’s like when one of these great personalities who has been everything in life of many, in the company or in the family; gives the impression that, with his leaving, everything will fall, since it appears unimaginable that the space left by such an important person can be filled. If those around him think this way, the crisis and ruin will come inevitably. If, on the other hand, they conscious of their smallness but not intimidated by it, try to imitate this great person, perhaps they won’t reach such heights as he, but all will continue on. As well, this battle will make them grow, the same as small trees when the large tree that shaded them disappears.
Christ is in heaven and we are on earth. We must fight for Him and his Kingdom. With the aid of the Holy Spirit, of the Virgin, of all the saints. With the nourishment of the Eucharist. It is the moment of our coming of age. It is the moment to show the Lord that he can count on us, that we have assimilated his teachings, that -with the help of his grace, without which we can do nothing- we are prepared to carry out the task He confided in us of evangelization.
Intention: When you don’t know what to do with a problem, ask what Christ would do, how would Christ have solved it? Later ask His help and put yourself to it.