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The Ascension of the Lord

June 1, 2014

THE COMMISSIONING 

For the past six weeks, we have been listening to Jesus speak about the resurrection – about how much God loves us. Implicit in these many discourses on love is trust. Today, we celebrate just how much Jesus trusts us.

Through his Ascension, he leaves us to continue the work that he began. We hear the final lines of Matthew’s Gospel – called the great commission – the command to go out and Baptize all nations.

For this reason, we celebrate as a Universal Church, World Communications Day. Pope Francis’ message for today speaks about the need to create an authentic culture of encounter. He asks,  In spite of our own limitations and sinfulness, how do we draw truly close to one another?”

This command of proclaiming the Gospel to everyone is too big for just a few people and too important to be ignored by anyone.  So how do we draw close to one another?  How do we draw both ourselves and others to God?

CLICK HERE for the readings for the Ascension of the Lord (Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:17-23; Matthew 28:16-20).

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