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Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
Seventh Sunday of Easter

May 28th, 2017


My Dear Friends in Christ,

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ, commemorating Our Lord’s bodily ascension into heaven.

The Gospel passage for this Feast takes place moments before Jesus ascends into heaven. Before he departs, Jesus gives his disciples the Great Commission, commanding them: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matt 28:19). The Gospel tells us that the disciples “worshiped, but they doubted” (Matt 28:17). Even as they witness the exaltation of Christ in all his glory, returning to sit at the right hand of the Father, they still had doubts. In a way, it is comforting to hear that the disciples continued to doubt, even after the risen Christ appeared to them many times, broke bread with them and spoke to them.

We may be tempted to think that it was easier for the disciples to believe, because they lived with Jesus and saw him face to face, even after the resurrection. But the Gospel reading today reminds us that even they had difficulty maintaining a strong faith in Christ. The key, however, is that even though they doubted, they continued to worship. We can’t wait for our minds to be completely satisfied before committing ourselves to Christ. After all, isn’t that what faith is: Giving ourselves to something, or someone, despite our doubts? If we were absolutely certain, we wouldn’t need faith.

In a way, we are more fortunate than the disciples. As he promised at the ascension, Christ is with us continually in the Church, which is his body. He promised to send us the Holy Spirit, a Spirit of wisdom and revelation as we hear in the second reading, to guide and strengthen us in our faith. We have each other to lean on and to share our faith – and even our doubts. Most important, we have the sacraments. What a gift it is to have the opportunity to receive the Body of Christ daily to nourish and sustain us. He truly is with us, until the end of time!


In Christ,
 

Pastor

 

For Information, please contact the Parish Office at  info@st-cyril.org or phone 818.986.8234


 

 

St Cyril of Jerusalem Parish
15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
818- 986.8234
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