The Hope to Follow Him – Fr. Viet Nguyen

Fr. Viet Nguyen’s Homily May 23, 2020

“Today we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord and you know, if I was asked, ‘What is the reason for your hope?’  It should be that Christ ascended into Heaven, the head.  We, the body of Christ have the hope to follow him there.  Christ ascends into heaven and is joined with the Father, seated at the right hand of the Father and we are to join him.  Christ in the Gospel today is the commissioning of the disciples to go to all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  We have all been baptized and what that means is that we have entered into that trinitarian relationship and today we see that we are destined to be with the Heavenly Father in Heaven as well, but it’s in the hope of seeing Christ ascend into Heaven that we see that as well.  How is your relationship with God in your life these days?  How is your relationship?  Christ calls us to the same relationship he has with the Father, but you know in the first reading today in Acts, the beginning of Acts is ‘Do not worry about the time and the season of the coming of God, the Kingdom is to trust to trust in the Father, to trust in our relationship with God and that’s what we’re called to do to trust in our relationship just as much as Christ trusts in his relationship with the Father.  Are you trusting in your relationship with God today?  Today we glory with God.  So as you come before the Lord today where Christ is truly present to us in the Eucharist, let us continue to ask the Lord for the strength and the courage to continue to look at ourselves, our relationship honestly, to look at where the struggles, the anxieties, the fears are.  Give that to Him.  Let go of it and then trust in your relationship with the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.”