Happy Mothers’ Day!  A current country song opines, “I believe most mamas should qualify for Sainthood.”  Mothers certainly have many opportunities and many ways to express love every day, especially the nitty-gritty kind of love that is most difficult at times.  Mothers, perhaps, have the most important role in bringing more peace into our world.  Thank you, mothers, I have a more complete message for you on the parish web pages.

Today we celebrate Jesus’s ascension into heaven.  We hope that heaven will be our final destination, too.  However, Jesus’s ascension into heaven is far from being the end of the story!  Today’s readings all convey a clear sense of mission.  The Holy Spirit descends at Pentecost to jump start the mission of the Church, and the Acts of the Apostles recounts how the gospel spread “in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, and to the ends of the earth.”  We are invited to take up that mission in our pastoral region because we, too, share “one Lord, one faith, one baptism” with the first followers of Jesus.

Next Saturday four men will be ordained priests at our diocesan cathedral: Andrew Smith, Craig Best, Jacob Willig, and Jarred Kohn.  Praise and thanks be to God for these men, and for all men and women who desire to serve the church in the vowed religious life or as priests.  Please include them in your prayers this week.

I encourage you to continue the novena to the Holy Spirit in preparation for Pentecost.  (It’s not too late to start, you would just finish three days after Pentecost.)

What a joy to know, love, and serve the good God.