Today is 40 days after Easter and the traditional feast of the Ascension of the Lord. In the United States most diocese have transferred this celebration to next Sunday. In the Holy Land today is a big feast day. One of the most popular sites is the Chapel of the Ascension, located on top of the Mount of Olives. In that chapel is a stone with what is believed to have an imprint of the footprint of Jesus as he ascended. It is an interesting site since it is controlled by the Muslims. I have been there 4 times and it’s one of my favorite places. It is a holy site for both Christians and Muslims who also believe in Jesus Ascension.
Jesus tells the apostles today that In
a little while you no longer see me, and again in a little while you will see me. When they heard this they were confused but comforted by the fact that they will see him again soon. We have been separated from him in the Eucharist, but in a little while we will receive him again. That‘s comforting for me as most of the country begins to open up for mass.
After Jesus was taken up into heaven the apostles devoted themselves to prayer until they received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. What a great example for us during these next ten day. Let us use this time until Pentecost to pray for our church, for ourselves and our families, and for Cursillo that the same Holy Spirit will enlighten us and give us strength to do his will !!
DeColores, Deacon Doug