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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—May 16, 2021 – Ascension of the Lord/7th Sunday of Easter

SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—May 16, 2021 – Ascension of the Lord/7th Sunday of Easter

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Ascension of the Lord: Mark 16:15–20
7th Sunday of Easter: John 17:11b–19

“Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth.”

We all share the obligation to tell the truth faithfully and responsibly. As a professional storyteller, I’m especially aware of how difficult that can be.

As the pope says, life is more than a succession of events; it’s “a story waiting to be told.” But how that story gets told shapes the message dramatically. Any narrative can be tragedy, comedy, drama, or romance, depending on the selection of details and how they’re interpreted. “Reality has no one clear meaning,” the pope says. We have to learn how to “read reality through the right lens.”

We can (and probably have) told our stories as tragedy and comedy, some parts dramatic and others romantic. Our stories can be self-serving and endured by others. Or they can be instructive and at times maybe inspiring. Autobiography is a way to trumpet achievements or settle scores, to heal wounds or confess crimes, to forgive injuries or keep them alive. We each have to decide what our story is for. Is it gospel or vendetta? Are we here to curse or to consecrate with our words?

Sketch a brief timeline of your life in ten significant moments. What does each one have to say about who you are today?

While The Gospel at Home takes a break in the summer months, we’ll be drawing our weekly reflections from Exploring the Sunday Readings.

Image credit: Corinne SIMON/CIRIC

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