Tag: Ascension

Our Duty to Boldly Proclaim Christ

The Gospel passage for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord (Luke 24:46-53) completes the Gospel of Luke. From the perspective of the disciples, it was the end of their course, semester, and training with the Master. And these were the final...

Ascension: A Reminder of Our Divine Call

The Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord into heaven forces us to reflect on a reality with which we are totally unfamiliar. We had a beginning, (having been born at a recorded time and in a very specific place); we are living in time and space...

The Ascension Reveals Our Exaltation

The solemnity of Jesus’ Ascension into heaven is a feast which requires considerable clarification and an extensive explanation lest it might wind up gutted of its significance for our journey to the same destination reached by our Lord. Ascension...

To Soar Above

It might be hard to soar above what seems a rather prosaic description of the Ascension of Jesus Christ (cf. Acts 1:9) so as to benefit spiritually as much as possible from this solemnity lest we forget what is the hope that belongs to God’s...

Ascension: The Fullness of Jesus’ Glorification

The feast of the Ascension must be the most misunderstood feast of them all. I will try to focus on the two aspects of this feast that should be most beneficial to us. Ascension is the term used by the Church to indicate the completion, the fullness...

Ascension: The Beginning of Our New Life

Usually we do not pay any attention to the opening prayer. We just say our “AMEN,” we place our spiritual signature on the dotted line without really thinking that we are talking directly to God. Gladden us with holy joys, almighty God, and make us...

Our Vital Decision

More than any other feast, the solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord exposes the inadequacy of human terminology used in describing the sublime realities that our Faith holds and that sustain our Hope about what awaits us beyond the grave. Here are...

The Good News or a Working Assumption?

A middle-aged Protestant named Keith was visiting his dying father in a Catholic hospital, sitting quietly in a corner of the room, overcome with helplessness and grief. A Catholic nun came into the room, nodded at him, then went to the dying man’s...