Why Are You Standing There?

My favorite line spoken by someone other than Jesus in the Bible is that spoken by “two men dressed in white garments” in today’s first Mass reading from Acts.

After Jesus spoke his final words to his disciples, “as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.”  After Jesus’ ascension, they all (understandably, if you ask me) continue to stand there “looking intently at the sky.”  I’m guessing they stood there with their mouths handing open, looking a bit shell-shocked.  And then comes the line I love: the two men dressed in white who appeared suddenly say to them, “why are you standing there looking at the sky?”

“Why are you standing there?”  If asked what they meant, I expect they would have said to the disciples: “Didn’t you hear him?  He just instructed you to be his witnesses, to proclaim the Gospel, throughout the whole world.  Go on.  You have work to do! Stop standing here!!”

The same can be said to us.  We are the hands and feet of Christ in the world today.  We are meant to proclaim the Good News – to be the Good News.

Don’t just stand there!  Do it!


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