Celebrate the Ascension of the Lord - We Are the Church
In this week's Gospel we see the risen Christ in Galilee with his closest disciples, "the Apostles,” instructing them one last time before he would depart from their physical presence for good. Jesus’ mission here on earth was complete.
As the “eleven Apostles”
sheltered in place
, in the “Upper Room” praying and wondering what would become of them in the days to come, they waited for the Harvest feast to begin. In those days between Jesus’ Ascension and the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost all kinds of thoughts most likely raced through their minds.
That waiting must have been excruciating for them just as it is for us.
It is difficult, and most human, for any of us to have to wait for anything: The outcome of a test taken at school; job interview; medical exam that would determine whether or not you have cancer; or the results of a Covid-19 test you recently took. As it was difficult for the Apostles to wait for the Spirit to come upon them, it too is hard for us to wait for the results, or the outcome of, anything in our lives.
However, with faith and the gifts of the Spirit we can endure all the experiences of life for Jesus Christ is with us always, “until the end of the age.
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This video for our youngsters focuses on Jesus' Ascension after his Resurrection and the message that he gave to his disciples right before he was taken to heaven.
The Ascension as found in the Acts of the Apostles, recounts the event of Jesus ascending to the heavenly temple. And Luke mentions that the ascension happens 40 days after Jesus' resurrection. Why 40? Dr. Brant Pitre explains in this excerpt from one of his studies.
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Jesus returned to the right hand of the Father, not to leave us but to lead us all the way to heaven. The great paradox is because he has
, he is able to
with us in a profound new way.
A novena is a nine day period (can be days, weeks, etc.) of private or public prayer to make special petitions or implore special favors.
The nine days of
a novena come from the time that the Apostles and Mary waited in prayer between the Ascension of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.
This was the period of time in which the Church prepared to go forth into the world to carry out Christ’s mission. Examples of two different Novenas to the Holy Spirit often prayed during this time of the year can be found to the left.
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