Posted by: liturgicalyear | May 9, 2013

The Feast of the Ascension

AscensionToday we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension, the fortieth day after Easter and the day we remember Jesus’ return to His Father in heaven.

In the daily readings of the past few days, Jesus speaks of leaving his disciples so the Advocate could come: the advocate who “will testify to the truth,” (Jn 15:26) “so that you will not fall away” (Jn 16:1).  In today’s gospel  Jesus tells his disciples “…you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The Church gives us these words of Jesus to remind us that we are the disciples he calls in the present age.  We are his witnesses – his hands, his feet, his eyes, his ears – we are the ones he has chosen to bring his light and life and love into the world.  As I pray about this awesome gift and its responsibility, I feel so very, very small and turn to the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians (below) and make them my prayer.

As we await coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, nine days from today, let us be in a posture of prayer and humble adoration before the Lord, so that we will be his faithful witnesses and that we “may know what is the hope that belongs to his call.”

Come Holy Spirit, come!  Anne

Brothers and sisters:
May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation
resulting in knowledge of him.
May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened,
that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call,
what are the riches of glory
in his inheritance among the holy ones,
and what is the surpassing greatness of his power
for us who believe,
in accord with the exercise of his great might:
which he worked in Christ,
raising him from the dead
and seating him at his right hand in the heavens, far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion,
and every name that is named
not only in this age but also in the one to come.
And he put all things beneath his feet
and gave him as head over all things to the church,
which is his body,
the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.  (Eph 1:17-23)

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