The Ascension of the Lord
He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:7-8
When preparing the weekly reflections, I study the readings many times throughout the week and read other reflections trying to see what echoes within me and I need to hear. Most of the time there is something in the Gospel that catches my attention and stirs in me. This week it was these last words of Jesus spoken to his disciples before he ascended into heaven in our first reading. How many times have I turned to the Lord and wanted answers, just like the disciples? There are countless times that I want answers and want to know why or when! Throughout my many seasons, mostly involving wanting to be a parent or parenting my little girl, I have wanted answers and turned to the Lord. When am I going to be a mom? Why is this so challenging? Why did you pick me? How can I help her? These are all questions that He hears regularly from me. It has become very clear now, with the help of the Holy Spirit, that I have answers to those questions. I am now a parent, and it is clear why He chose me. Although I still ask why this is so challenging, I know that in time things will become clear. I am comforted in the fact that I am being guided (many times carried) on this journey.
What are you struggling with this week? Is there something that you wish you understood His plan or what the future holds? Trust in Him as it is not for us to know the times or the seasons. All will be made clear!