Vol: 45, No.31 THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD ( B) May 13 2018  
unending hymn of your glory, as they acclaim:
All: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts...

Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age, alleluia. (Mt 28:20)


Almighty ever-living God, who allow those on earth to celebrate divine mysteries, grant, we pray, that Christian hope may draw us onwards to where our nature is united with you. Through Christ our Lord.

In the creed we recite, “On the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.” This precise and concise creedal formula is the core of the feast of the ascension. From the moment of his death, Jesus is seated at the right of hand of God. “When God raised him from the dead he made him sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and dominion” (Second Reading). From his seat at the right hand of God, Jesus made appearances to his disciples which according to Acts of the Apostles lasted for forty days. The disciples needed to be assured that Jesus indeed rose from the dead and Jesus generously responded to that need with his many appearances.
The world-wide mission that was entrusted to the disciples was carried out with the assistance of the Holy Spirit. The disciples could not have carried out the mission without power from above, that is why Jesus told them to wait in Jerusalem until the outpouring of the Spirit which took place on the feast of Pentecost celebrated on the fiftieth day after the Passover feast. That mission was undertaken by the apostles and the disciples as the Acts of the Apostles amply bears witness. The work of evangelization has been going on for the last twenty centuries but the work is still not completed. It is an ongoing process for as long as humanity exists the gospel should be preached. That is the reason why the men in white robs mentioned about the second coming of Christ the
date and time of which the disciples need not speculate for God the Father has fixed the time for it.
The fixing of the world communications day on the Ascension Sunday helps us to take the discussion on the mission forward. Communicating technique and the speed in its execution have picked up momentum very gradually. From oral preaching, to hand copying of manuscripts, to printed books, to radio broadcasting, to cinema, to television networks and the internet it has been a gradual process. But in the present century the communication media has reached its zenith. Hopefully, as we move forward newer and faster means of communication will be invented. As of now with the means available the question is: What does the Church expect from the World Communications Day? The Gospel of today once again comes to our assistance. “The disciples went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it.” The primary duty of the Catholic communicator is to announce the message of Christ. When we say that the primary duty is to announce the gospel we may add a clarification to it. Christian way of living has its own characteristics. It includes an orderly way of life and qualities like charity, fraternity, no scandal mongering, no duplicity, no double standards. If we can bring these qualities to the way we communicate our faith, the double feast of the Ascension and World Communications Day would have met its purpose. May God assist us in our work.
– AK
May 2018 Readings (7th Week of Easter)) Psalter Week 3
14 Mon (R) ST MATTHIAS, Ap, Feast, Acts 1:15-17, 20-26/ Ps 113: 1-8/ Jn 15:9-17
15 Tue (W) St Isidore the Farmer, Acts 20:17-27/ Ps 68:10-11, 20-21/ Jn 17:1-11
16 Wed (W) Acts 20:28-38/ Ps 68:29-30, 33-36/ Jn 17:11-19
17 Thu (W) Acts 22:30; 23:6-11/ Ps 16:1-2, 5, 7-11/ Jn 17:20-26
18 Fri (W) St John I, Acts 25:13-21/ Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20/ Jn 21:15-19
19 Sat (W) Acts 28:16-20, 30-31/ Ps 11:4-5, 7/ Jn 21:20-25
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