Let me tell you a story; I hope it will help a lot of you to understand what Jesus has given us before he ascended to heaven.
An important painter wanted to draw a picture of the most important thing in the world. He was thinking really what to paint. He asked a priest: "What is the most important thing in the world"? The priest responded: Faith. Because when you have faith in God, you are not afraid of anything. You will do good on earth and win the heaven. He then asked a bride and a groom. They answered: Love. Because when you have love, you have anything in life. Without love, life is sad. He then asked a soldier. He responded: Peace. Because when you have peace of heart and mind you can be happy. Wars, fighting, troubles will destroy you hope to live a decent life.
So the painter thought: how I can put in one beautiful draw: faith,
love and peace. He went home thinking and thinking. At home he saw is wife
praying with his children and trying to each them to be always good. He
said: Waw this is faith. I found it. Then his children and wife came and
hugged him and told them how happy they are to have him as a dad. He said
to himself: Waw this is love. I found it. Then he saw his children sharing
their toys, playing together and filling the house with laugh and joy.
He said to himself: Waw, this is peace.
So the painter draws the best picture ever in his life, his Family picture and presented it as symbol of: faith, love and peace.
I wish you my dear families to remember always this story. Your family
is the most important thing in the world, when it is built on faith, love
Your church is a home-church of all people of faith, love and peace
No real love if it does not start inside your heart and home first.
You cannot give peace to the world, if you do not have it first with your own wife, children, parents, brothers, sisters and neighbors.
And remember that some families form a village and villages; a lot more form a city and cities, a lot more a nation and a world. As well they can form a church, a school, a college, a university, a company or business. Based on faith, love and peace as Jesus taught us, we all can form a paradise.
On today mass of the Ascension, Jesus tells us how faith when works with love can bring healing and peace: "These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." Mark 16: 17-18
William Ellery Channing said: "Faith is love taking the form of aspiration"
" A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave" said Mahatma Gandhi
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe said: "We are shaped and fashioned by what we love".