Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Deacon Keith Fournier

5/28/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Pope Francis is calling the Church of this age to go forth from that upper room and shake the Nations with the message of true freedom, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Here, where Jesus shared the Last Supper with the apostles; where, after his resurrection, he appeared in their midst; where the Holy Spirit descended with power upon Mary and the disciples, here the Church was born, and she was born to go forth. From here she set out, with the broken bread in her hands, the wounds of Christ before her eyes, and the Spirit of love in her heart.In the Upper Room, the risen Jesus, sent by the Father, bestowed upon the apostles his own Spirit and with his power he sent them forth to renew the face of the earth (cf. Ps 104:30).- Pope Francis

Pope Francis presides over the Liturgy in the Upper Room

Pope Francis presides over the Liturgy in the Upper Room

Highlights

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/28/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Upper Room, Cenacle, Pope Francis, Jerusalem, Pentecost, Holy Spirit, charismatic, missionary, Deacon Keith Fournier



JERUSALEM,Israel (Catholic Online) - On May 26, 2014, Pope Francis presided over the celebration of Holy Mass in the Cenacle - the Upper Room, in Jerusalem. It was a prophetic event.

This is the place where the Lord shared his Last Supper with the Apostles, instituting the Eucharist and establishing the ministerial priesthood. This is the place where the nascent Christian Church, responding to the command of the Lord, gathered to await the descent of the Holy Spirit.

As we move toward the celebration of Pentecost in the liturgical calendar, the symbolism of the even is accentuated even more - for those who look upon the events of this hour with the eyes of living faith. 

The disciples, gathered with the Mother of the Lord, went forth from that Upper Room, filled with the same Holy Spirit which raised Jesus Christ from the dead. They literally turned the world upside down with the message of the Gospel (See, Acts 17:6) - in both word and deed.

They went forth into an age and a culture which was not unlike our own on many fronts. However, they went forth empowered by the Holy Spirit and unafraid. They transformed that culture with the Love and the Life of Jesus Christ.

That same mission now stretches out before all who bear the name Christian in the Third Christian Millennium. We are the disciples of the Risen Lord for this hour.

We are living in a new missionary age. The same Holy Spirit which empowered the first century church is being poured out afresh on the Church of the Third Christian Millennium. Pope Francis is calling the Church of this age to go forth from that upper room and shake the Nations with the message of true freedom, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

During the celebration of the Liturgy, Pope Francis gave the following homily.

*****

Homily of Pope Francis from the Upper Room in Jerusalem

It is a great gift that the Lord has given us by bringing us together here in the Upper Room for the celebration of the Eucharist. I greet you with fraternal joy and I wish to express my affection to the Oriental Catholic Patriarchs who have taken part in my pilgrimage during these days. I want to thank them for their significant presence, particularly dear to me and I assure them of a special place in my heart and in my prayers.

Here, where Jesus shared the Last Supper with the apostles; where, after his resurrection, he appeared in their midst; where the Holy Spirit descended with power upon Mary and the disciples, here the Church was born, and she was born to go forth. From here she set out, with the broken bread in her hands, the wounds of Christ before her eyes, and the Spirit of love in her heart.

In the Upper Room, the risen Jesus, sent by the Father, bestowed upon the apostles his own Spirit and with his power he sent them forth to renew the face of the earth (cf. Ps 104:30).

To go forth, to set out, does not mean to forget. The Church, in her going forth, preserves the memory of what took place here; the Spirit, the Paraclete, reminds her of every word and every action, and reveals their true meaning.

The Upper Room speaks to us of service, of Jesus giving the disciples an example by washing their feet. Washing one another's feet signifies welcoming, accepting, loving and serving one another. It means serving the poor, the sick and the outcast, those whom I find difficult, those who annoy me.

The Upper Room reminds us, through the Eucharist, of sacrifice. In every Eucharistic celebration Jesus offers himself for us to the Father, so that we too can be united with him, offering to God our lives, our work, our joys and our sorrows. offering everything as a spiritual sacrifice.

The Upper Room also reminds us of friendship. "No longer do I call you servants - Jesus said to the Twelve - but I have called you friends" (Jn 15:15). The Lord makes us his friends, he reveals God's will to us and he gives us his very self. This is the most beautiful part of being a Christian and, especially, of being a priest: becoming a friend of the Lord Jesus, and discovering in our hearts that he is our friend.

The Upper Room reminds us of the Teacher's farewell and his promise to return to his friends: "When I go. I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also" (Jn 14:3). Jesus does not leave us, nor does he ever abandon us; he precedes us to the house of the Father, where he desires to bring us as well.

The Upper Room, however, also reminds us of pettiness, of curiosity - "Who is the traitor?" - and of betrayal. We ourselves, and not just others, can reawaken those attitudes whenever we look at our brother or sister with contempt, whenever we judge them, whenever by our sins we betray Jesus.

The Upper Room reminds us of sharing, fraternity, harmony and peace among ourselves. How much love and goodness has flowed from the Upper Room! How much charity has gone forth from here, like a river from its source, beginning as a stream and then expanding and becoming a great torrent. All the saints drew from this source; and hence the great river of the Church's holiness continues to flow: from the Heart of Christ, from the Eucharist and from the Holy Spirit.

Lastly, the Upper Room reminds us of the birth of the new family, the Church, our holy Mother the hierarchical Church established by the risen Jesus; a family that has a Mother, the Virgin Mary. Christian families belong to this great family, and in it they find the light and strength to press on and be renewed, amid the challenges and difficulties of life. All God's children, of every people and language, are invited and called to be part of this great family, as brothers and sisters and sons and daughters of the one Father in heaven.

These horizons are opened up by the Upper Room, the horizons of the Risen Lord and his Church.

From here the Church goes forth, impelled by the life-giving breath of the Spirit. Gathered in prayer with the Mother of Jesus, the Church lives in constant expectation of a renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Send forth your Spirit, Lord, and renew the face of the earth (cf. Ps 104:30)!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Middle East

Islamic State throws yet another suspected homosexual man from a building Watch

Image of Islamic State has vowed to hunt down and kill homosexuals, who they say go against Islam.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In what has become their preferred method of execution for suspected homosexuals, a new group of photographs depicts Islamic State jihadis throwing a man off a roof. Crowds of onlookers, which include many young children, smile and laugh as the cold-blooded murder ... continue reading


Refugee camp doctor shares stories of horror - and hope among those who fled ISIS Watch

Image of That suffering includes girls who have not even reached their teenage years yet returning from captivity, pregnant with the children of their ISIS abusers.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Dr. Nemam Ghafouri, a doctor at the Bajed Kandala Camp 2 in Dohuk in northern Iraq has heard it all. Yazidis fleeing Islamic State operatives have shared their stories with him, painting a harrowing picture of a world usually kept away from the prying eyes of the west. ... continue reading


Iranian Supreme Leader publishes book describing plans of ANNIHILATING ISRAEL and getting rid of the Jews Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been working on his own domestic front, recently publishing a book about his future plans of eliminating, what he termed as the "cancerous tumor," Israel. In the meantime, President Barack Obama is trying to sell ... continue reading


ISIS child fighter executes handcuffed prisoner as ISIS boasts new generation of fighters (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Barbaric Islamic State militants have once again released more publicity material. This time, the extremists show a young boy executing a man charged of lying. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - In the material released by an anti-ISIS activist in Syria ... continue reading


Ultra-Orthodox Jewish attacker vowed to 'stop the abomination' gay pride march Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Representing himself in court, the ultra-Orthodox Jew stated that he vowed to stop the "abomination" gay pride march before he was even released from prison for the same crime he committed in 2005. Yishai Schlissel explained that he does not recognize any institution ... continue reading


ISIS HORRORS: Four-year-old Yazidi boy forced into ISIS and given sword to decapitate his mother Watch

Image of Yazidi children are undergoing training on how to chop people's heads off, shoot guns and hate their own people.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Yazidi mother who was able to flee to Turkey with the majority of her family is sharing horrific stories of their life under Islamic State. She says that her four-year-old son was forced to learn passages from the Koran, Sharia Law and was given a sword and taught ... continue reading


Christian mother forced into Muslim marriage after landlord abducted her Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Christian mother of three was reportedly abducted, raped and forced into a Muslim marriage by their landlord who had been maltreating her entire family. According to the news reports, the woman's whole family was working for the landlord for little pay, which ... continue reading


Ultra-Orthodox Jew goes on stabbing attack during annual gay pride march Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

During the annual gay pride march in Jerusalem last Thursday, a man jumped into the crowd and started stabbing participants of the event, injuring six of them. The man was identified as having just been released from jail for committing an almost exactly same crime a ... continue reading


ISIS DOOMSDAY PLAN: Islamic State plans to invade India to draw United States into conflict Watch

Image of The document says that reparations for an attack on India are already underway, in  which ISIS leaders hope concludes with a war with the U.S.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A nefarious plot to draw the United States into armed conflict with Islamic State has been revealed in a top-secret document. In an attempt to bring about "the end of the world," the document states that ISIS will invade India in a bid to draw the U.S. into an all-out ... continue reading


Taliban leader, 'One-Eye' Mullah Omar confirmed dead Watch

Image of Mullah Mohammad Omar is confirmed to be dead according to the Afghan government.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Afghan government confirmed Taliban leader "One-Eye" Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years. The militant leader died "under mysterious circumstances" in a hospital in Karachi City in Pakistan in April 2013, according to Abdul Hassib Seddiqi, a ... continue reading


All Middle East News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Numbers 12:1-13
1 Miriam, and Aaron too, criticised Moses over the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 6-7, 12-13
3 For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 14:22-36
22 And at once he made the disciples get into the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 4th, 2015 Image

St. John Vianney
August 4: St. John Vianney, Priest (Patron of priests) Feast day - August ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter