Posted by: fvbcdm | May 18, 2012

Feast of Pope Saint John I (18 May 2012)

This weekend brings to us the Solemnity of the Ascension, transferred from the traditional Ascension Thursday to the following Sunday so that more people can celebrate this beautiful feast.  What we are celebrating is the last apparition of Our Lord to his disciples and apostles forty days after the resurrection.  They were in Jerusalem. He led them out to the summit of the Mount of Olives, giving them last-minute instructions as they went.  Then he raised his hands, blessed them, and “parted from them and was taken up to heaven” as Saint Luke tells us.  

When Saint Leo the Great, one of the early popes and doctors of the Church, comments on this event in the gospels, he tells us that Our Lord is no longer with us in his physical being but rather “our Redeemer’s visible presence has passed into the sacraments.”  Then he goes on to say that “a more mature faith enabled the minds of the believers to stretch upward to the Son in his equality with the Father.  It no longer needed contact with Christ’s tangible body in which, as man, he is inferior to the Father.”  Thus when we adore Our Lord in the consecrated Host, either by receiving Holy Communion or adoring him in the reserved sacrament, we are dealing lovingly with our Lord who is risen, who has ascended, and is now enthroned in heaven with his Father and the Holy Spirit.  To quote a frequently used prayer of the liturgy of the Ascension: God mounts his throne to shouts of joy; a blare of trumpets for the Lord! Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.


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