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Ascension of the Lord
4, 2008 Year: A
Acts 1:1-11; Eph. 1:17-23; Mt. 28:16-20
He was lifted up
"In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that
Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day
when he was taken up to heaven, after giving
instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles
whom he had chosen. After His suffering he presented
Himself alive to them by many convincing proofs,
appearing to them during forty days and speaking about
the Kingdom of God.
While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave
Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the
Father. This, he said, is what you have heard from me;
for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized
with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.
So when they had come together, they asked him, 'Lord,
is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to
Israel?' He replied, 'It is not for you to know the
times or periods that the Father has set by his own
authority. But you will receive power when the Holy
Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses
in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends
of the earth.'
When He had said this, as they were watching, He was
lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight.
While he was going and they were gazing up toward
heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them.
They said, 'Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up
toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from
you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw
him go into heaven.'" [Acts 1:1-11]
"I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the
Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and
revelation as you come to know Him, so that, with the
eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the
hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of
His glorious inheritance among the saints and what is
the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who
believe, according to the working of His great power.
God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him
from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the
heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and
power and dominion, and above every name that is named,
not only in this age but also in the age to come.
And he has put all things under his feet and has made
him the head over all things for the church, which is
his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all." [Ephes.
"The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain
to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him,
they worshipped him; but some doubted.
And Jesus came and said to them, 'All authority 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, and teaching them to obey everything that I have
commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to
the end of the age.'" [Mt. 28:16-20]
"The sea was much better," the traveler
complained. "Whenever I got tired it at least had its
currents to push me forward on my journey but you," he
looked at the vast desert surrounding him, "you are of
He went down on his knees, dead tired.
When his breaths restored back to normalcy, a while
later, he heard the desert's voice.
"I agree. I am of no help like the sea
and thus I often depress people. But do you really think
people will remember you for crossing the sea? Never!
For the sea doesn't allow you to leave any mark. I, on
the contrary, do. Thus, if you cross me, I swear, you
will in turn immortalize yourself with the imprints you
leave over me!"
The traveler got the essence and got up
to walk on. "It's always about the imprints," his heart
"He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him
out of their sight." [Acts 1:9]
Jesus left lasting imprints on the lives
of the Apostles. That is why they were all filled with
enthusiasm for the message of Christ. He made an
impression, not like other people, his impression made
through his death and resurrection. His impression is a
tough reality, but always helpful to all those who were
with him and want to be with him.
We always find difficult to find God’s
traces. The best way to describe His existence is to say
that God was "present." This nature of God echoes the
Words of Yahweh and Jesus who both claimed to be, "I
am." [Ex. 3:14; Jn. 8:58, 18:5; Rev. 1:8, 22:13] "I am"
means "I am present; I am here!" In the case of God the
Father, it can also mean, "While you may not see Me, I
am here. I am present."
Now a days it is so difficult to convince
people of God’s presence, and it is so essential to
their life yet the difficulty remains a stark reality.
A girl approached me and said, father,
please pray that I may not lose my faith. I said, “Dear,
just pray and you will not lose it”. She said to me,
“father, I am in great trouble. My boy friend whom I
loved has left me, and I feel it is not worth living in
this world”. I told her that she might get a better boy.
What else could I say? “Is it true father?” “Yes,” I
said, “just pray and keep a watch and you will see God
will help you.” It happened in a month. She was all
happy, because she got another one, much better than the
Faith works, but it makes us wait and
always takes us through a tough path.
The Gospel of John tells us, "As the
Father has life in Himself, He has granted the Son (the
Word) to have life in Himself." (Jn. 5:26)
"In Jesus (Him) all the fullness of God
was pleased to dwell bodily." [Col. 1:19,2:9] Jesus
said, "Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. Do you
not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in
me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my
own; but the Father who dwells in me does his work.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in
me..." [Jn. 14:9- 11]
St. Paul affirmed our capability of knowing the nature
of God when he stated, "Ever since the creation of the
world His eternal power and divine nature, invisible
though they are, have been understood and seen through
the things He has made. So they are without excuse."
When we celebrate Ascension of our
Blessed Lord into heaven, we need to look up, means we
need to look for the things to come. This expectation
should keep us always alive. Often in this modern world
people always tend to look for the material things, that
they need immediately. There is a strong tendency to get
everything we need and we want them immediately. Not
necessarily this should be our approach.
I was watching a programme on 27th
April, conducted by Burkha Datt, in NDTV by name
“affluence mania”. Leading industrialists and CEO’s had
been participating in this programme. They were
responding to questions put by the viewers, who were
convinced that they need to enjoy life, without much
reference to their parents and grand parents. They were
of the opinion that life is short and good and we need
to make best of it with regard to spending the money one
has earned. Then, what about the moral values? Of course
some of them insisted that they were at terrible at
I am just reading today’s news paper
(29/4/2004 – DNA) report of one Josef Fritzl, Austrian,
70 years old, who had 7 children from his own daughter
Elizabeth. The neighbours of this man are hanging their
heads in total shame. He had imprisoned his daughter in
1984, drugged her and kept her for almost 24 years in
the basement of his home and molested her, abused her.
What a shame and cruel reality of this modern world. She
must have undergone the tortures of hell in the hands of
her own father. This is what we say our morals are at
stake when we do not see beyond the reality of the
Ascension is looking forward with hope of
great joy. Let us celebrate it with due reverence to
life, to the neighbour and to the world to come where we
will have our rooms as he has gone before us to prepare
one for us.
New book from Fr. Rudy :
Short review of the book: This book is an out come of a
serious exegetical study on the important words and
texts from the writings of St John of the Cross. The
study deals with a short life and writings of the mystic
and then does a complete study on GOD, MAN and WAYS to
EXPERIENCE GOD. The book is available at: St. Joseph
Church, Near Holy Cross Convent School, Mira Road East,
Thane Dt. Maharashtra State - 401 107, India. Books can
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The cost of the book is Rs.
125/- pp.xviii + 234, The Title of the Book is: THE
DYNAMISM OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH - An Exegetical Study on
St. John of the Cross, author: Dr. Rudolf V. D' Souza,
OCD, MA. PhD.
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