The time between the two solemnities, the Ascension of the Lord and Pentecost, always inspires reflection, questions, and admiration. On the day He ascended from earth to heaven, Jesus entrusted the Apostles with a daunting mission: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature” (Mk 16:15). He knew them well, having spent the last three years together, He was familiar with their strengths and their failings. Despite past disappointments and betrayals, He tasked them with spreading His word to places He had never visited.

We might wonder: How could He entrust such a significant task to them when they had repeatedly failed to grasp His mission to save the world? Why did their expectations in his regard differ from what he gave them?

Surprisingly, Jesus chose to send them to continue His mission, confident that the Holy Spirit would accompany them. Jesus’ attitude is challenging for us Oblates and laypersons, especially those in leadership positions. How often do we hesitate to entrust someone because they are young, inexperienced, or have previously let us down?

It would be worthwhile to reflect on what Jesus accomplished on the day of the Ascension and to consider what the Church calls us to do. We are called to collaborate, to share the mission with others, and to trust others despite their failures, entrusting them with parts of the mission of proclaiming the Good News. This task of entrusting goes beyond mere subsidiarity; it teaches us to trust others and to remain humble, recognizing that we are not the Savior but merely those to whom the Savior has entrusted His mission. Jesus places His trust in us; let us also put our trust in others.

Recently, the members of the Central Government concluded their five-week plenary session. They are now visiting various locations where Oblates serve, continuing the mission that God has entrusted to them and supporting those who are also part of this mission. Although this mission is big, they are not alone; the Holy Spirit, promised by Jesus, always accompanies them.

Come, Holy Spirit!

Vicar General