Ascension of the Lord
Year A-6 5/24/20
Dear friends in Jesus Christ,
”Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.” (Acts 1:11)
Today, we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord. On this Sunday, one must gaze heavenward but at the same time not forget one’s mission in this world. Jesus instructs his disciples: “You are to be y witnesses not only in Jerusalem, but throughout Judaea, Samaria and indeed to the ends of the earth. (Mt 20:8)
Today’s second reading (Eph 1:21) tells that Jesus’ power “far above sovereignty, authority, power or domination...not only in this age, but also in the age to come. The salvation is offered to all people. To be a “catholic” means to be universal. Thus, no place, no time, no person, no event falls outside of the ambit of God’s salvific scheme perfected by Jesus’ passion, death, resurrection and ascension.
Gaudium et Spes (n.22) of Vatican Council II asserts: “In a manner known only to God, the Holy Spirit offers to every person the possibility of being associated with the paschal mystery.” Therefore, we hear from the gospel Jesus saying, “go and make disciples of all nations.” This means the mandate is given to all of us to bring the Good News of Jesus to all.
Jesus’ resurrection and ascension are not two separate salvific events, but the two sides of one coin. Jesus disappeared, but the angels prophesized “this same Jesus will come back in the same way as you have seen him go.”. Jesus assures us “Remember, I am with you always.“
With this confidence, let us bring Jesus’ message to all by living as true followers of Christ Jesus.
Happy Memorial Day. Let us honor all who have dies while serving the country.
God bless, and have a blessed Sunday,