ASCENSION OF JESUS TO THE FATHER

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Seventh Sunday of Easter Time SOLEMNITY OF JESUS ASCENSION June 2, 2019 WORD of the DAY You are witnesses of these things.. (Luke 24: 48) ) How shall I live this Word? A fact, its effects: the fact is death, followed by the resurrection of Jesus. The latter, partly demonstrable, partly mysterious, ambiguous, beyond our ken. The effect is preaching in the name of Jesus that creates conversion and the forgiveness of sins. The apostles, witnesses of the earthly life of Jesus who had shared words, days, miracles, promises with Him, are now witnesses of these new facts and above all of their effects. They are witnesses, Jesus reminds them and reaffirms them as such. They receive this mandate at the moment of their final detachment from Jesus as He ascends to the Father. Their eyes have seen things never seen before; they have been spectators of exceptional events. They are now also guarantors of the authenticity of the effects that those facts have produced. Real facts and a change just as true. The courage to tell this novelty, to inform others of what was happening will cost them their lives. Theirs is...

Ascension of the Lord

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD May 28, 2017 ASCENSION OF THE LORD   WORD of the DAY  The eleven disciples went to Galilee,  to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.  When they saw him, they worshipped, but they doubted.  Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the world.  (Matthew  28 : 16-20) How shall I live this Word? Today we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven.  With His death and burial, a separation occurred between Jesus and His disciples that His resurrection does not bring back.  Now He has an existence that will no longer be visible to them as it was before, but He will be present in His Church in a new way.  The Gospels express all this through His Ascension into Heaven.  We understand that when we say He rose into heaven, we...
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