The Ascension of the Lord

St. Pius X | News
11 May 2018

 

Today is Ascension Sunday.  It is the day that we remember that Jesus, forty days after his resurrection, returned to heaven to be with God.  The time immediately following Jesus’ ascension, was actually the most critical time for Jesus, for his disciples and their mission of preaching the Gospel to the whole world.  Jesus probably had wondered, “….how exactly will things unfold after I leave.’  The disciples were becoming the preachers, teachers and spreaders of good news now.  They had been called, equipped, sent out.  But now it was up  to them.  They could return to their old lives, convinced they couldn’t do anything without Jesus physically present.  Or they couldn’t believe that Jesus  had provided the gifts they needed to be Christ’s presence in the world.  In some ways, we live our whole journey of discipleship in this moment of transition. The Apostles are only the beginning in the growing Church.  It rests upon all of us to continue to spread the the word through our living example. Let us consider St. Francis of Assisi’s two wise pieces of advice.  “It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”  “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”