From the Desk of Father Mac
the Ascension of the Lord
Seventh Sunday of Easter
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!
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