Saturday, May 18, 2013
It was a very important event of the day which changed the face of the earth. With the Apostles, filled with the Holy Spirit, the Gospel began to be preached to the whole earth.
However, when we look at our Christian life it seems that the Holy Spirit is kept in a closed tabernacle, and we do not allow Him to act in our hearts. Yes, we have to be the temple of the Holy Spirit in which we will hear His voice. We have to be the temple that is preached of in the gospel.
If we are closed to the action of the Holy Spirit, we will be like the apostles after the Resurrection - asking about the reality of our faith and scared (afraid) to witness to the Resurrection and the great love of God for man.
The Apostles went out into the world, despite their incompetence, but thanks to their courage, we believe in our church today.
If you are not open to the Holy Spirit and His gifts, do not use them responsibly, but squander them, we will also be responsible for those who do not hear the Gospel and are not told about the love of God.
Monday, May 13, 2013
After 40 days, Christ returns to His Father's house. He ceases to be visibly present on earth but He is in the form of bread and in the hearts of the faithful in the church.
He continues to work on earth in the preaching of the Gospel which indicates the purpose of our journey and He still offers us His Mercy.
In other words, it is the beginning of Christ's pulling back from His active Ministry of the church.
Today's celebration also aims to show us the purpose of our journey to Heaven.
Many times we have heard about heaven. We have some conceptions of heaven, and we yearn for heaven in the sky and that after a difficult life we will have rest and peace.
We believe that heaven is the real joy and fulfillment of our dreams of meeting God there.
So Heaven is God.
But we are still on earth, and our job is to seek Heaven.
We just heard "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
This task does not rest only on the successors of the Apostles not only on the priests who preach the Gospel but primarily on we who have adopted the same priesthood at the moment of our baptism.
Theological education is nothing and nothing in the church leadership is a substitute for the testimony of witnessing Christ in our life.
The best homily is our life a life of goodness, faith, authenticity and leading or pulling others to Christ.
This possibility is mostly for lay people who in their daily lives meet with many people, not just Catholics.
With this knowledge about Heaven, we will become the only ones who can extend our hands and our words so that He is known in the world.
Benedict XVI wrote what does the Ascension mean?
This means that the faith of Christ the man came into contact with the inner essence of God.
Heaven is not a place but the Presence of God in man.
After this event, the disciples returned to their homes praising God.
So let us go with the same convictions that Christ is God who is still active in His church and that we are not alone in the building of His Kingdom.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Although the place of the Ascension is not distinctly stated, it would appear from the Acts that it was Mount Olivet. Since after the Ascension the disciples are described as returning to Jerusalem from the mount that is called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, within a Sabbath day's journey.
Tradition has consecrated this site as the Mount of Ascension and Christian piety has memorialized the event by erecting over the site a basilica. St. Helena built the first memorial, which was destroyed by the Persians in 614, rebuilt in the eighth century, to be destroyed again, but rebuilt a second time by the crusaders. This the Moslems also destroyed, leaving only the octagonal structure which encloses the stone said to bear the imprint of the feet of Christ, that is now used as an oratory.
Not only is the fact of the Ascension related in the passages of Scripture cited above, but it is also elsewhere predicted and spoken of as an established fact. Thus, in John 6:63, Christ asks the Jews: "If then you shall see the son of Man ascend up where He was before?" and 20:17, He says to Mary Magdalene: "Do not touch Me, for I am not yet ascended to My Father, but go to My brethren, and say to them: I ascend to My Father and to your Father, to My God and to your God." Again, in Ephesians 4:8-10, and in Timothy 3:16, the Ascension of Christ is spoken of as an accepted fact.
The language used by the Evangelists to describe the Ascension must be interpreted according to usage. To say that He was taken up or that He ascended, does not necessarily imply that they locate heaven directly above the earth; no more than the words "sitting on the right hand of God" mean that this is His actual posture. In disappearing from their view "He was raised up and a cloud received Him out of their sight" (Acts 1:9), and entering into glory He dwells with the Father in the honour and power denoted by the scripture phrase.
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