Homily from the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord.
“Do you know what that word ‘witness’ actually is in Greek? The word ‘witness’ in Greek is ‘mártys’, which actually in English is the word ‘martyr’. Jesus said to His Apostles, ‘It’s a springtime, the first springtime. And in this springtime you will be My martyrs. You will be My witnesses.’ …In the new springtime, what the Church needs is for us to be witnesses. Because it’s springtime, it’s time to plant some seeds. And the blood of the martyrs is the seeds of the Church.”
Mass Readings from May 12, 2013: