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Homily The Ascension of Our Lord Thursday , May 9, 2013

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Homily The Ascension of Our Lord Thursday , May 9, 2013

Who is Jesus? Imagine if someone who’s never heard of Jesus, someone from a non-Christian country or from our country, but grew up totally without religion. Imagine if they ask you that question. Who is Jesus? Or imagine if they ask you: what is the Catholic Church? Why are you Catholic?

The last sentence of today’s second reading has a great short answer to both questions. St. Paul says “the church . . . is . . . . the fullness of Jesus, who fills all things in every way”

So, who is Jesus? Jesus is the one “who fills all things in every way“. Did you ever hear someone say “I feel so empty inside” I feel incomplete, like something is missing in my life? Jesus is the one who can fill our emptiness, the only one Who can. Jesus is the one who can make us feel complete, who can fill every fiber of our being.

What does Jesus fill us with? Love. God’s Unconditional love. Joy. Happiness in knowing we are loved. peace. Mission. Purpose in life. Truth. Understanding what life and love Is about. Jesus is the one who fills all things in every way, who enables us to live life to the fullest, right?

But now, back up and read the whole last sentence of the second reading again. St. Paul says the church is the fullness of Jesus, who fills all things in every way” yes, Jesus alone can fill us with love and life, Jesus alone can take away our Emptiness and complete us. But you can only find the fullness of Jesus in the church.

Why am I Catholic? Because I don’t want a little Jesus. I don’t want a half Jesus. And I definitely don’t want 99.99% of Jesus. Love that holds something back is not love at all. No, I want all of Jesus. I want to be filled in every way. I want to ascend to the heights of love and goodness and peace and truth. I want to ascend to heaven where Jesus is. And so I am a Catholic. Because the Catholic Church is the fullness of Jesus, who fills all things in every way.

And so as St. Benedict once said “to a ascend we must descend”. I need to humble myself, descend onto my¬† knees in prayer, not my way, but Jesus’ way. I don’t know everything, I need to learn from Jesus and his Catholic Church. He who exalts himself, who tries to send himself to heaven, will be humbled, will descend to the other place. But he who humbles himself, Who kneels down and prays for wisdom and guidance and help in turning from sin, will be exalted, will ascend to heaven with the help of Angels.

May Jesus, through his body the church, fill us in every way With love and peace and the fullness of life.