As the Prep community gathered in the courtyard for Ascension Thursday Mass – minus the senior class, who now await their final grades and graduation – the timing could not have been more appropriate. After all, as Fr. Bob O'Hare, S.J., pointed out, the day commemorates a similar transition of leadership in the early Church, from Jesus himself to his disciples, who are left to continue his mission on earth.
"In essence, Jesus is handing over to us the responsibility to continue his mission here on earth," explained Fr. O'Hare. "We now are to be his hands, bringing about healing. We are to be his voice, calling people to forgiveness and justice. We are to be his body, present in the world."
It's a call to step up and assume an active role in building a better world, just as the Class of 2019 will now take on a greater role as leaders of the school community.
"We can no longer say, 'Why doesn't God do something about this?'" Fr. O'Hare said, "It's up to us to do something about it. It is our responsibility to fight injustice. It is our responsibility to speak a word of healing. It is our responsibility to bring about peace where there is hatred...While we can only do this with the help of the Holy Spirit, we are all there is to work with."
View the archived video stream from the Mass below: