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Ascension Sunday

1st Reading: Acts 1:1­-11
Resp.: Psalm 47:2­3, 6­7, 8­9(6) 2nd Reading: Ephesians 1:17­-23 Gospel: Mark 16:15­-20

Jesus gives today what is called the Great Commission. He tells his apostles to go out through all the world and tell the good news. He asks them to do great things for his kingdom, but one day he will return the same way they saw him leave.

So instead of God doing all the work directly, he now works through his ministers. His Church will not be destroyed despite all the trials and tribulations to be endured in the future. This is what helps us to put our faith in God. Jesus Christ established one Church that can never err. People in the Church make mistakes and can sin grievously but she is still the spotless Bride of Christ that cannot err in her teaching, a guarantee of the Holy Spirit.

Some may ask – where are all the miracles of the past? Why don't we see the accompanying signs that Jesus mentioned at the end of today's Gospel? They're still there – but do we perceive them through all the negativity of today's world? Most of the news we get is negative and base. We must put on the mind of Christ as St Paul says. Pope St. John Paul II said that the new springtime is here – do we not perceive it? Its not a matter of wearing rose­-colored glasses, it's a matter of doing, seeing and hearing things God's way. Friendship with God.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD
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