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The Ascension of the Lord

The Mystery of the Ascension


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Today’s Sunday in the Easter season is a little different than other Sundays.  Although technically it is the Seventh Sunday of Easter, in most dioceses of the United States the Solemnity of the Ascension is actually being celebrated on this Sunday.  Now if you look at the calendar, you'll see that traditionally the Solemnity of the Ascension is celebrated on Ascension Thursday, 40 days after the resurrection of Jesus, however, because it's often moved to Sunday, in this video we are actually going to focus on the readings for the feast of the Ascension.  So today we will be looking at the Solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus into heaven for Year A.  Now before we do that I want to say something here about the Ascension itself.  Before we look at the scriptural readings, it is important to remember just what we are going to be reflecting on in these readings.  The catechism has an excellent section on the mystery of the Ascension.  It's in paragraphs 645-663, and in that section the Catechism makes a few key points about the mystery of the Ascension that we want to keep in mind before we look at the readings themselves.  Number one, although most of us don't think that often about the Ascension, it is one of the articles of the Apostle’s Creed: “he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.”  That's one of the most ancient articles of faith that we have as Catholics, going all the way back to the Apostle’s Creed.  So obviously, as an article of faith this is something we want to ponder, we want to reflect upon, and we want to draw out the significance of for our Christian lives...


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