Father Patrick Langan, LC
And he said to them, "Go into all the
world and proclaim the good news to the whole
creation. The one who believes and is baptized will
be saved; but the one who does not believe will
be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who
believe: by using my name they will cast out
demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick
up snakes in their hands, and if they drink
any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they
will lay their hands on the sick, and they will
recover." So then the Lord Jesus, after he had
spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and
sat down at the right hand of God. And they
went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while
the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by
the signs that accompanied it.
Lord, thank you for taking the time to be
with me. There are things in life, Lord, that attract
me, but you attract me more. I hope in
you because you are always faithful to your promises. Maybe
I don’t fully understand what it means to love,
and maybe I don’t love the way I should,
but I do love you.
Petition: Lord, help me to
focus on what I can do to tell others of
1. Christ: When Christ blesses, it happens. When
he takes yeast and kneads it with three measures of
flour, it leavens the dough all through. When he
blesses the bread, it multiplies. When he blesses the
Eucharist, he is there for us. Christ blesses his apostles.
These are not just events of the past, for
God’s word is a living word. He also wants to
bless me and my work. How can I draw
down Christ’s blessing upon me, my family, the people
I love, and the work I do? All I have
to do is ask him to bless me and
believe that he can and wants to. He will take
care of the rest.
2. Apostles: Imagine the apostles talking after
the Ascension. Andrew might say to Peter, “Peter, Christ told
us to preach to all nations.” “You are right,
Andrew, we need to go to the next town,”
Peter would agree. “No,” would urge Andrew, “we have to
go to Athens and Rome.” Peter might object, “Athens
and Rome! But we don’t know anyone there.” In an
attempt to persuade him Andrew would add, “Peter,
Jesus wanted us to begin here in Jerusalem because this
is the largest Jewish city. However, he has shown
that he has also called the Gentiles to the
Church. We must go to their capitals, their cities of
greatest influence so that they too might hear the
message Jesus entrusted to us.” Despite their fears, they
obeyed Christ and proclaimed the good news in new places.
3. Us: Now it is our
turn. As it always has been, being an apostle today
is difficult. As we get older, it gets harder.
Nevertheless, it is our turn. We live at a
crossroads of history. I know Christ is blessing me. He
is sending me. I feel fear, but I know
he is asking me to imitate the fidelity of the
first apostles. He is only waiting for me to
begin preaching so that he can bless all that I
undertake in his name.
Conversation with Christ: Lord,
thank you for coming. Thank you for giving the
apostles the strength to resist and persevere. Now it is
my turn. Grant me the graces I need to
proclaim the good news.
Resolution: I live life but
once. So today I will analyze how I use my
time and resolve to eliminate one of the bad
habits that leads me to waste time.