「Spiritual Talk」Feast of the Ascension – Fr. Anthony Ho

by Kenny Cheng

This week, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Ascension. For forty days after the Resurrection, Jesus remained on earth to complete the instruction of the Apostles and strengthen their faith in His Resurrection. After the forty days, He led them to a mountain and said, “All power in heaven and earth has been given to me, so baptize all peoples and make them my disciples, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, commanding them to keep all that I have taught you.” Jesus gave His Apostles three missions: (1) a prophet’s duty to teach, (2) a priest’s duty to sanctify, and (3) a king’s duty to rule. Jesus commanded them to instruct all peoples through spreading the Gospel, to administer the Sacraments like Baptism, and to rule them by teaching them to follow God’s commandments. Jesus did not leave them to fight alone but promised to be with them, “until the end of the age.” Wherever the Blessed Sacrament is, there is Jesus present also, and through the Eucharist, Jesus is with us. In the Creed, we profess that Jesus rose to the right hand of the Father, showing us that Jesus is equal to God and both our king and judge. When we meditate on the mystery of the Ascension, we deepen our thirst for heaven and desire to help others attain heaven as well.

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