Meditation of the Day :  In the Scripture readings the whole significance of Christ’s Ascension is summarized for us.  The richness of this mystery is spelled out in two statements:  Jesus gave instructions, and then Jesus took his place….

the words of Jesus became a treasure for the Church to guard and to proclaim, to meditate on and to live.  And at the same time, the HOLY SPIRIT implanted in the Church an apostolic charism, in order to keep this revelation intact. Through his words, Jesus was to live on in his Church:  I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS.  And so the whole ecclesial community became conscious of the need for fidelity to the instructions of Jesus, to the deposit of faith.  This solicitude was to pass from generation to generation–down to our own day…

And the SECOND reflection on the meaning of the Ascension is found in this phrase: JESUS TOOK HIS PLACE. After having undergone the humiliation of his Passion and Death, Jesus took his place at the right hand of God; he took his place with his eternal Father.  But he also entered heaven as our Head…

Because of Christ’s merits, because of his intercession with the Father, we are able to attain justice and holiness of life, in Him.  The Church may indeed experience difficulties, the Gospel may suffer setbacks, but because Jesus is at the right hand of the Father the CHURCH WILL NEVER KNOW DEFEAT, CHRIST’S VICTORY IS OURS.  THE POWER OF THE GLORIFIED CHRIST, THE BELOVED SON OF THE ETERNAL FATHER, IS SUPERABUNDANT, TO SUSTAIN EACH OF US AND ALL OF US IN THE FIDELITY OF OUR DEDICATION TO GOD’S KINGDOM…

The efficacy of Christ’s Ascension touches all of us in the concrete reality of our daily lives.  Because of this mystery it is the vocation of the whole Church to wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ….

Try to understand and share the joy that Mary experienced in knowing that her Son had taken his place with his Father, whom he loved infinitely. AND RENEW YOUR FAITH TODAY IN THE PROMISE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO HAS GONE TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR US, SO THAT HE CAN COME BACK AGAIN AND TAKE US TO HIMSELF….Saint John Paul II (Pope from 1978 to 2005)

PRAYER:  Gladden us with holy joys, almighty God, and make us rejoice with devout thanksgiving, for the Ascension of Christ your Son is our exaltation, and where the Head has gone before in glory, the Body is called to follow in hope.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

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