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Solemnity of the Lord’s Ascension

May 28, 2017
Matthew 28:16-20

[Most Dioceses in the Unites States have moved the celebration of The Ascension of the Lord to the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Therefore the gospel text here is for that feast.]


By separating the resurrection from the ascension, the Church gives us the opportunity to pray and reflect on two aspects of a single event, the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. For several centuries, the church did not treat the ascension as a separate event that took place 40 days after Jesus’ resurrection. The notion of the ascension as a historical event, where Jesus rose from the grave but waited for some time to be with the disciples and teach them a few last things before returning to the Father, is not supported by the scripture texts like the gospel for this feast. Here Jesus says, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Verse 19) This kind of proclamation would not occur if Jesus is still in some state of transition between death and full communion with the Father and Holy Spirit.

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Solemnity of the Lord’s Ascension

In today’s Gospel, Jesus charges his followers to “make disciples of all nations.” What exactly is going on here? What is this Great Commission anyway? Good stewards know they are directed to share what they exercise stewardship over: their life of faith in Christ Jesus. They know Jesus didn’t direct them to go to church and to keep quiet about it; or to go out into the neighborhood, workplace or marketplace and just be nice. Christ’s Good News is meant to be shared. Many people in our communities don’t know about Jesus Christ. Does that bother us? Do we care? Do we realize we are supposed to do something about it?

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