St. Luke gives us one more account of the Ascension of Jesus in the Acts of the Apostles (1:1-11). Luke summarizes very briefly what he wrote in his gospel then jumps right into the Ascension giving some details he did not put in the gospel. Jesus told them to wait for "the promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak; for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. . . . You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses . . . to the ends of the earth."
They cannot receive the power of the Holy Spirit until after Jesus returns to heaven. In the power of the Holy Spirit they will boldly go where no man has gone before to preach the good news, risking their lives to bring about the kingdom of God on earth.
For reflection: Do I have the power of the Holy Spirit to spread the kingdom of God on earth? Am I using it fully?
Let us pray. Jesus, you are a God of great abundance. With you there is always more. I want to receive more of the power of your Holy Spirit to do the things you call me to do.
(Perhaps the following video will put a smile on your face so that you show the joy of the Holy Spirit to all who see you today. We should always be ready to explain the hope and the joy that we have.)
I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.