Solemnity of the Ascension
May 16, 2021
Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
Our Lord lives with the Father in heaven. We celebrate this fact today. Though He is in heaven; He is with each of us as we live our lives on earth. Jesus will remain with us forever and has directed His disciples to carry on His mission and to help others to know Him.
Today, we acknowledge that it is our work to finish the mission handed on to us by Jesus. As the disciples watched Jesus ascend into heaven, they saw, they worshipped, and they believed.
It took the gift of the Holy Spirit to empower them to be able to carry on His mission. A gift given as Jesus promised, one that brought strength in their moments of doubt. This same Spirit is with us today.
Consider this story. It is said that the children of the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach found that the easiest way to wake up their father was to play or sing a few lines of music and leave off the last note. The composer would get up immediately, go to the piano and strike the final chord.
I pray - O God, whose Son today ascended to the heavens, kindle in our hearts a longing for the heavenly homeland. Help us, we pray, to use the gifts we have received from you to press forward following in our Savior’s footsteps. May we carry your love to all the people we meet this week.
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len