Feast of the Ascension of the Lord

St. Pius X | News
31 May 2019

The final words of Jesus to the apostles were brief and to the point. ‘I am with you always.  Go teach all nations.’  No longer confined to a bodily presence, he will be with his disciples in a new way, through the power of the Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life.  Now that his earthly mission is over, he entrusts the continuation of his work to his friends who believe in him.  Their task is to spread out from Jerusalem and to proclaim to all nations the salvation that he has won.  In the same way as the first disciples, we are called to follow Christ and proclaim his message, by living in this passing world with our hearts set on a world that will never end.  The best place to make a start is to get our own lives in good spiritual shape.  Actions speak louder than words.  We carry on his mission more by what we are than by what we say.  If the love of God burns in our hearts, people will see from our joy that life is good, has a purpose and is worth living.  We preach the values of Christ in our neighbourhood by our good example.  The faithful love of parents for each other and the concern shown for the welfare of their children speaks more effectively about marriage and the family than any sermon.  In the absence of Jesus, we are placed firmly at the centre of the stage to busy ourselves being his healing hands, his warm smile and his comforting words.  The ascension reveals the work we must do in order to be with Christ forever.  Our way to glory is none other than to witness to the Lord by taking up our cross and following in his footsteps.