Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on May 29, 2014

Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 28:16-20

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.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Today, the Church celebrates the Ascension of Jesus into heaven. The Ascension is not about Jesus going to a place. Rather, as this passage that we read today indicates, the Ascension is about Jesus’ relationship to the Father, and through his relationship to the Father, to us. Just as God transcends time, so too does the Ascension. The Ascension is about the experience of the resurrected Lord, who has (in the past) been given all power in heaven and earth, who (in the present) gives a portion of that power to his disciples in his commission to preach the gospel, and who (throughout all the future) promises to be with his followers. The Ascension is part of the fourfold Paschal mystery, which incorporates the Lord’s suffering and death, the resurrection, the Ascension, and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. In short, it is an entirely relational event, an event that relates the resurrected Jesus to the Father, and through the coming of the Spirit, enfolds the life of the Church into the life of the Trinity.

Spiritual reading: Christ is already in that place of peace, which is all in all. He is on the right hand of God. He is hidden in the brightness of the radiance which issues from the everlasting throne. He is in the very abyss of peace, where there is no voice of tumult or distress, but a deep stillness–stillness, that greatest and most awful of all goods which we can fancy; that most perfect of joys, the utter profound, ineffable tranquillity of the Divine Essence. He has entered into His rest. That is our home; here we are on a pilgrimage, and Christ calls us to His many mansions which He has prepared. (Blessed John Cardinal Newman)

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