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. All the sufferings of the body, all the trials of our body, all the resisting of the temptations of the body, all the control of our bodily passions, all the sacrifice of our bodies, all the acts of charity that weve got to practice with our bodies. Our Vision: We want to reach out to every part of the world with this message, by forming our organization in every Catholic parish and school and by reaching out to people around the world through the message of the gospel and works of charity. What is the Good News? And very much like those disciples standing there looking up to the sky, just outside of Bethany, on the day when Jesus ascended to Heaven, God is sending us angels to kick us in the pants, and tell us to quit gawking, and get to work. In Jesus, we see the fulfilment of the purpose of creation. Therefore, my reflection is not going to be on the hydraulics or aerodynamics of the feast of today! Feast of the Ascension Reading from the Gospel according to St.
We watch the people around us. We know people and have contact with people, that the Pope will never know. Remember that conversation with a student. If we believe in Him, then where are our works? May God bless and keep you. Year A - Sunday, May 28, 2017 by clicking this link here: +++++ We keep in our prayers and thoughts the people of Manchester, in the United Kingdom, after the devastating terrorist attack on young and innocent lives.
Nobody else is at peace except the one who is doing Your will. In some places, the Feast is transferred to Sunday. The Ascension of Jesus reminds us that God has great plans for us that are out of this world and that prayer in the second reading also reminds us that God has great plans for us that are out of this world. This is a valuable lesson for us, and for the world…. Then, when He does return, He will complete the work of Redemption. These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages.
Then what do you want to do? It goes to the very essence of the Christian vocation and the plan of redemption. He walked with them to Emmaus and explained the scriptures to them. There is a movement in creation towards perfection in God. The feast of today marks this stage of transition in the story of incarnation and resurrection — that Jesus is no more seen in his earthly body. Jesus tells us, that God judges not by appearances but sees straight into the heart, into the inner dispositions and attitudes of the human person, and knows the truth of each one of us…. We have to pay the price of our ascending in body to our heavenly destiny.
All of this, we believe, is to be rewarded. Responsorial Psalm Psalms of David 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 R God mounts His throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord. A typical example is St Francis ofAssisi, who, in his simplicity, would befriend all forms of life. If she is home alone, she is afraid, because she knows they are not there. But what the Acts of the Apostles does tell us, is that God has to send messengers, angels dressed in white garments, to get them to stop gawking.
As we heard in the first reading of today, Luke tells us in the Acts of the Apostles Acts 1:3 that Jesus was seen in his risen form for forty days. So pray for the Holy Spirit as we prepare for Pentecost next Sunday, that, like Our Lady, we may bring others to the Love of Christ, to the Kingdom of Heaven. But in fact the best awaits us in the next life because God has planned the very best for you. Something else needs to be said to us: Sons of men, why stand ye gazing not at heaven, but at the earth? And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. The Ascension does not mark the end of Jesus' relationship with His Church but the beginning of a new way of His relating to the world - in and through His Church.
Too many of us are gawker Catholics! The scope of their mission is universal. This gaze reinforces us to key into the summons of the Church to New Evangelization, a process of renewal and rediscovery of the richness of the Christian faith. No mere intermission, the Feast we celebrate today reveals the inner meaning of the ongoing mission of the Church and our call to participate in it. Secondly, I would like to ask, why proclaim the Good News to all creation as Mark 16:15 has it? You have come to give thanks and praise to God for what has been accomplished by his grace in the past, and to find strength to go forward — under the protection of our Blessed Lady — in the fervour of your forefathers, many of whom laid down their lives for the Catholic faith. Response: Glory to you O Lord. Secondly, the proclamation of the Good News to all creation, reminds us of what St Paul talks about in his letter to the Romans 8:19-24 that the whole creation is waiting and groaning. Can you take this £1 to heaven with you? And sometimes, our gawking, our inability to quit watching, keeps us from doing what God needs us to do.
So pray that He comes to us, that we may be his witnesses. Unless, of course, you fail the test. Today's readings, from the Book of Acts 1:9-11 , the Gospel of Mark 16:15-20 and the Gospel of Luke 24:50-53 give a detailed account of Jesus' ascension. Let us today, therefore, earnestly pray for ourselves and our Church that we may be blessed with all joy and peace in believing in the ascension of the Lord and continue to seek the gifts of the Holy Spirit - the fear of God, piety, knowledge, fortitude, counsel, understanding and wisdom. In Jesus, the Creator God becomes part of creation. In some other countries, however, this feast might have been already celebrated last Thursday, marking the 40 th day after Easter.
What will you do next? He is the Head and we are members of His Body. The disciples receive their mission in Galilee, a marginalized region, close to the pagan world and, as a result, an area viewed with contempt by the practising Jews of Judea where Jerusalem is located. The Bishops of England, to their credit, have restored Ascension to its rightful place on Thursday, and I have no doubt that, in five or ten years, the Bishops of the United States will do the same they have already done so in the East Coast dioceses. The breath of God, His Spirit, has been breathed into His Church - and thus into each one of us - in order to capacitate us to live differently - beginning right now - and participate in the ongoing redemptive mission of Jesus Christ. So the prayer continues, May God our Father.
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