Gospel Reflections

Feast of the Ascension

Luke 24:46-53

Feast Day Reflection by Sister Bernadette Janssens

Published: May 05, 2016

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The time between Easter and Pentecost marks the time when the Risen Jesus was no longer visible to his friends.  It was a mystery, but also a period when Jesus’ spiritual presence intensified.  “It was necessary that what was written in the Scriptures would be fulfilled.”

The apostles were no longer looking up to the sky; they had become witnesses.  “You are witnesses to all this…I am sending down to you what my Father has promised.”

This reality exemplifies the deep sense of every human separation.  As an example I chose the ending of the story of the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. 

“I, too, am going back home today … And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me. You will always be my friend.”

Luke the evangelist suggests to us that we contemplate the image of Christ, the High Priest of the New Alliance.  He shows us previews of the realities of heaven while we are still here on earth.  The Ascension of Christ points to our own resurrection – the day when we will celebrate our own true direction.

So, let us draw near to Christ with sincere hearts and in the certitude of faith. He is faithful, truly faithful to his promise.  

Grant us, Lord, a great desire to live with you.
May our prayers rise to you.  
Make us artisans of Peace and Joy.  

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