Seventh Sunday of Easter, year A

Ascension of the Lord: Christ goes up in Glory

Readings: 1st: Acts 1:1-11; Ps: 46; 2nd: Eph 1:17-23; Gos: Mt 28: 16-18

This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico &  Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: canice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, cancilleriadfh@gmail.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com 

On this seventh Sunday of Easter, we celebrate the solemnity of Ascension. It is an important solemnity that marks the return of Jesus to the Father.

Together with the Resurrection, it is a manifestation of the victory of Christ. Ascension is a solemnity that sustains the hope of Christians that one day we shall be where Christ is.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that: “Christ the head of the Church precedes us into His Father’s glorious kingdom, so that we, the members of his body may live in the hope of being with him forever.” (665-667).

Our first reading is and account of the events of the last meeting of Christ with his apostles before his ascension into heaven. Christ gave his disciples a very important instruction: “Do not leave Jerusalem, wait for the promise of the Father.”

This instruction is equally meant for us. It reminds us that before we set out for any project, we must seek the guidance and counsel of the Holy Spirit.

In today’s gospel, Christ gave a very important mission to his disciples. Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

This mission is only possible through the help of the Holy Spirit. We must seek this power if we must make any positive impact on our world.

So, the prayer of Paul in the second reading is important: “May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ give you the Spirit of wisdom and perception.”

We need this Spirit and his gifts. So, we must invite the Holy Spirit to take control of our entire mission. We must invite him to inspire, heal and renew us. 

As we celebrate the solemnity of Ascension today, Jesus reminds us that we need a divine help in order to succeed in his mission. This divine help will come from the Holy Spirit.

So, let us pray: “Lord sent forth your spirit and renew the face of the earth.” Alleluia, Alleluia!

Peace be with you!

Maranatha!

 

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