On the liturgical calendar today is Ascension Day. It’s been 40 days since Easter and today we celebrate Jesus “ascending” to heaven as he tells his disciples to wait for him. He says that he will send the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, to grant them power to carry on his mission of healing, reconciliation, and love in the world. We celebrate that moment – the coming of His Holy Spirit – 10 days later on Pentecost Sunday, this year on June 5th. With all the stories of pain and trauma in the world around us, it is important to recite and rehearse this story again and again remembering where true power resides and where the true ending of the story lies… in peace not violence, mercy not cruelty, union not division.