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Christi Himmelfahrt by Gebhard Fugel, c. 1893

 

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Let us live in joyful expectation of his return in glory! 
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Lectio Divina

In Catholicism, Lectio Divina (from the Latin for Holy Reading) is a traditional monastic practice of scriptural reading, meditation, and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God's word.  For the practitioner, it follows a common rhythm of quiet reading (often aloud to oneself), of thoughtful meditation and contemplation on what one has read, and then, if so moved, of a prayerful dialogue with God in response to what one has encountered in scripture.  This reflective, meditative active listening, if you will, allows the Holy Spirit to deepen one's awareness of God's presence and invites His initiative to speak with us.

 

Readings:

Acts 1:1–11
Psalm 47:2–3, 6–7, 8–9
Ephesians 1:17–23
Matthew 28:16–20

 

LISTEN:  Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven. (Acts 1:11)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

The Gospel of the Lord

CONSIDER:  To fully understand – to fully appreciate – the Ascension of Jesus and why it matters, we must enter fully into the Jewish context of this Feast, as the First Century Jews, as the first Apostles did.

A reflection on the Feast of the Ascension as published, Why the Ascension of Jesus Matters by Bishop Robert Barron; YouTube, June 21, 2011.

 

PRAY:  On this Seventh Sunday of Easter – the Solemnity of the Ascension – let us pray to be united with the Apostles and Mary, eye-witnesses to the Risen Lord; eye-witnesses to the Ascension.

Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.

In my limited understanding, please place me there, with your Apostles and with Mary, in your presence. Give me an understanding of your Ascension into Heaven;

Help me to know you, seated in your glory at the right hand of the Father; fill me with the confidence that in your Ascension you unite Heaven and Earth;

May your will be done in all things, on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Amen

 

Additional Reflection

For additional reflection on the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord see Easter Reflections – May 24th 2020 by Dr. Timothy Gray at Formed by the Augustine Institute, https://watch.formed.org/videos/easter-reflections-may-24-2020 .

You may also listen to Dr. Scott Hahn’s reflection of The Ascension for May 24, 2020, as published at Breaking the Bread, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, https://stpaulcenter.com/studies-tools/sunday-bible-reflections/ :

 

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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