The Ascension of the Lord

St. Pius X | News
26 May 2017

Bidding farewell to a loved one is not easy, and is something we never fully grow accustomed to doing.  The Ascension marks the end of Christ’s earthly mission and his glorious return to the Father.  He had achieved the work he was sent to do.  While the trumpets were sounding in heaven to greet the arrival of the ascending Lord, the apostles must have been experiencing a deep sadness in their hearts at his departure.  However, his final words, ‘I am with you always.  Go make disciples of all nations,’ while full of comfort were urgent in meaning.  Not only was Jesus not abandoning them nor depriving them of his presence but he was entrusting them with the mission of making the love of God the Father known, through joyful and selfless lives in the service of others.  In Jesus’ absence, the disciples are not to remain inactive but to move into the future with courage.  They have a vital and essential role to play in announcing the salvation Christ has won on Calvary, by transforming death into the dawn of a new life.  Jesus will no longer be present in a human body but his place will be taken by the Holy Spirit who will be their guide and strength as they journey through life.  If we ponder within our hearts the meaning of this great feast we may come to grasp something of the confidence which God has in us because the Ascension focuses on what we must do to be with Christ forever. Like the apostles, our call also is to service. We are to continue the work of those who have gone before us and help build up Christ’s kingdom.  What we are, speaks more loudly than either what we say or what we so.  And so our prayer is that he will renew within us the work of the Spirit so that we may know what is true and have the strength to do what is right.