Acts 1:1-11 | Ps. 47:2-3, 6-9 | Eph. 1:17-23 | Lk 24 46-53
This feast of the Ascension, forty days after Easter, brings us to realize more fully the call to go out and bring the Good News of Jesus to others. The Acts of the Apostles relates the story of Jesus as He completes his Easter appearances and tells the apostles that when the Holy Spirit comes, they will receive the gifts needed to go out to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth. Jesus is then taken up in a cloud out of their sight. Two men dressed in white appear and tell the apostles not to be staring into the heavens. Immediately, the apostles return to Jerusalem. The Gospel shows Jesus’ appointing the apostles to go out to the whole world and tell the story to all. Those who listen and believe will be saved. Those who refuse will not be saved. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is a hymn of praise to God and a call to all of us to join in that hymn. It also praises God for the birth of the Church. We see Paul experiencing this as he travels to preach the Good News. Some accept him, others try to have him arrested. But it is the power of the Holy Spirit that sustains him as he ministers in the name of Christ.
The Gospel is the story of Christ’s appearance on the mountain in Galilee. The apostles are still doubting, and Jesus reprimands them. Then He commands them to bring the Good News that they have received to the whole world.
We experience and know Christ because of the faithfulness of these men. How grateful should we be that they listened to Christ. Take time to express your gratitude for all that Jesus did and that others were listening and responded with joy. How will you continue this work?