All the Time in the World?

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for Ascension of the Lord 2016

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Nowadays I travel a good bit, which means I am away from my wife and children for periods of time, some short but some long. But what makes it easier for me, besides being able to share the Good News of Jesus with people all over, is that I know I will not be gone forever. I will return and then all will be well again. I have been called by God to be away from them at times, but God always brings me back to them.

Each liturgical year we celebrate Jesus’ ascension into heaven. The feast speaks much to who Jesus is theologically, but in a very practical way, we also acknowledge that He has gone to be with the Father, but will return someday. Just as I return after a conference or visit with a parish to those God has entrusted to me and I love, Jesus will return to those entrusted to Him and whom He loves.

But just like when I am away, there are things to be done. Life goes on for my wife and children with school, work, activities, and the basic responsibilities of family. In good stewardship, they are called to give generously to each other and devout themselves to God. Without them tending to things, upon my return I would find everything in turmoil and disarray. Then when I return, we become one again, and we are about the Lord’s work together.

The Lord ascended into heaven but we are not to sit by quietly awaiting His return. Much needs to be done. He has entrusted much to us expecting us to be good stewards. If you think that you have all the time in the world to complete the tasks at hand, think again. His return will be when we least expect it. It is time to be about our Father’s work.

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