Theme: THE LORD HAS ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN: WHERE HE HAS GONE WE SHALL ALSO GO
- Acts 1:15-17. 20-26;
- Psalm 102:1-2. 11-12. 19-20. R. v. 19;
- 1 John 4:11-16
- John 17:11-19
Today is the 7th Sunday of Easter. Last Thursday we celebrated the Ascension of our Lord into heaven, and next Sunday we will celebrate Pentecost Sunday, that is, the descend of the Holy Spirit!
The Lord ascended into heaven not to abandon us, but to come back to us in the Holy Spirit and to live in us, so that we will live in his love and unity, and so that we will proclaim the Good News of his Resurrection, and so that we will also die, rise and ascend with him into heaven to share in His Father’s glory forever!
The “Gospel Acclamation” today tells us that the Lord will not leave us orphans, but he will come back to us and our hearts will be full of joy: “I will not leave you orphans, says the Lord; I will come back to you, and your hearts will be full of joy.”! (Jn 14:18)
The Church has chosen the second reading to tell us that the Lord will come back to us in the Holy Spirit and he will live in us and we will live in his love: “We can know that we are living in him and he is living in us because he lets us share his Spirit.”! (1 Jn 4: 13) “My dear people, since God has loved us so much, we too should love one another.”! (1 Jn 4: 11) “God is love and anyone who lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him.”! (1 Jn 4: 16)
The Church has chosen the gospel to tell us that we will also live in his unity: “Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said: ‘Holy Father, keep those you have given me true to your name, so that they may be one like us.”! (Jn 17:11)
Finally, the Church has chosen the first reading to tell us that we will also proclaim the Good News of his Resurrection: “One day Peter stood up to speak to the brothers – there were about a hundred and twenty persons in the congregation: ‘Brothers, …. We must therefore choose someone who has been with us the whole time that the Lord Jesus was traveling around with us, someone who was with us right from the time when John was baptizing until the day when he was taken up from us – and he can act with us as a witness to his resurrection.’ …. They then drew lots for them, and as the lot fell to Matthias, he was listed as one of the twelve apostles.”! (Acts 1: 15. 21-22. 26)
Today in the Eucharist, we celebrate the death and resurrection of the Lord, and we eat his body and drink his blood, and the Risen and Ascended Lord will come to us in the Holy Spirit, and live in us, and we will live in his love and unity, and we will proclaim the Good News of his resurrection, and we will die, rise, and ascend with him into heaven, to share in his Father’s glory forever and ever!