Bishop Ward High School Campus Ministry
Faith in Action
Bishop Ward is committed to its students developing a deep, personal relationship with Christ. The mission of Campus Ministry is to give them the opportunities to participate in the fundamental elements of Catholic life while helping them to determine God's will for them in their lives.
ASCENSION OF THE LORD. Acts 1:1-11. PSALM: Psalm 47: 2-3, 6-9. Ephesians 1:17-23/ Ephesians 4:1-13. GOSPEL: Mark 16:15-20.
THE POWER FROM ON HIGH
Our Lord Jesus gloriously ascended with power to heaven that we may receive power on earth. Ironically some of us Christians move about without and ignorant of the power in Christ.
The ascension is not the end of Christ ministry on earth. It actually opened another phase of His only mission, to save. His followers, having been equipped with the power of the Holy Spirit, are mandated to carry out this mission.
In the book of Acts Christ assures His followers they would “receive power” which will give them supernatural ability. The Holy Spirit would bestow on them and all believers in the Gospel. This divine power is so great: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power” (Eph 1:18-19).
The disciples went out preaching everywhere, the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word by the signs that accompanied it. Two important points to note. (1)Firstly, it was the Lord who “worked with them” and (2)secondly the Lord “confirmed the word with signs”. Indeed it is only when we give God the chance to work with us that divine signs abound in our work of evangelization – signs that will confirm that the Lord is at work in us and with us.
The ability that the Holy Spirit gives to each one of us may vary but the mission is the same – “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Gospel to all creation…” (Mk. 16:15).
Like the disciples of Jesus, the time has come to “wait in the city”, praying until we are clothed with power from on high. Now is the time to enter our “Upper Room” and for the days following pray, as Archbishop Naumann encourages us to do, until we are filled with the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 1:12-14) at Pentecost.