June 1 - Ascension of the Lord : Call to be witnesses

May 29th, 2014

Ascending-To-Heaven-In-Front-Of-Disciple

First Reading          :  Acts 1:12-14
Psalm                      :  Psalm 27:1, 4, 7-8
Second Reading      : 
1 Peter 4:13-16
Gospel                     : 
John 17:1-11

 

Today, the feast of Christ’s ascension, we celebrate the crowning of his Easter victory over sin and death. The ascension is not really about Jesus going away but about Jesus becoming the Lord of all creation. It is a joyous day, a day to look upwards at where Christ, our Brother, sits in glory at the right hand of the Father. Our destiny is to share in the glory of Christ. We often forget this and pursue goals that are not really worthy of our calling. Today’s feast also reminds us to become witnesses of the Lord. “You are my witnesses” (Acts 1:8) said Jesus as he ascended. That was aid to every follower of his, from the ones who saw his ascension down to us who have only heard about him, yet have believed. In fact, witness to Christ in the world for any believer has to begin with oneself.