But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” vs. 8Acts 1:6-14
For a couple of decades following his death and resurrection, followers of Jesus eagerly anticipated his return in glory to complete what he had begun. They were still looking for the restoration of the kingdom of Israel. But when Luke wrote his gospel some years later, he did his best to let his readers know that they hadn’t been called to stand around waiting. Instead, as did Matthew, Luke reports that at the end Jesus told his disciples to go as witnesses to the ends of the earth, and that he would go with them. And that’s what has happened! Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus has returned to energize and empower countless disciples to bring the good news to hurting people all over the globe. We should never imagine that people have evolved to the point that they no longer need community or the assurance of unconditional love. If anything, people in this age of constant connection have become more lonely and alienated than ever. Hordes of refugees are on the move, fleeing oppression and yearning for better lives. Climate disaster looms! And the heart of Jesus is filled with compassion. He calls us to continue loving and serving in his name until the hungry are fed and the hurting find healing. Our mission goes on!
Thought for the Day: What energizes me for mission?