DATE : 13/5/2021
EVENT : The Ascension of the Lord (Solemnity),
Holy day of Obligation
READINGS : Acts 1:1-11;
Resp. Psalm 46:2-3,6-9; Ephesians 4:1-13; Mark 16:15-20.
WILL YOU ASCEND ALSO?
Greetings beloved people of God. I
welcome you to "My Catholic Homily Digest". On this thirteenth day of
May, which is the solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord into heaven, I wish to
reflect with you on the theme: " Will You Ascend Also?" Beloved in
Christ, even without been told or mincing words, I can confidently say that the
final dream of all men and women is to ascend to heaven on the last day, when
rapture will take place. Scripture tells us that on the day of rapture, two
women will be grinding at the meal, one will ascend to heaven and the other
left. Two men will be at the mines, one taken and the other left. Two friends
will be interacting, one will be taken up, and one will be left. A congregation
will be praying in the Church, some will be ascending and others will be
watching in bewilderment. The question that is begging for answers is these:
who will be the raptured one? Who and who will join in ascending to heaven?
When will rapture take place?
Dearest, it is already forty days, since
Jesus defeated death, conquered sin and rose from the grave. According to the
account of the Bible, after His resurrection, Jesus stayed with his disciples
and followers for many days. Now, during this period, he frequently appeared to
his followers, strengthening their faith in everything he had thought them. He
also gave them further teachings and instructions about how to execute his
salvivic mission, from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. When he has
certified that his followers have been adequately fortified and prepared, and
seeing that his mission on earth has come to a close, he gathered his disciples
at Bethany, and from there he was taken up into the heavens until he vanished
from their sights. Thus, sequel to these antecedents, the Church celebrates
today, the glorious ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ into heaven from whence
he descended. So, every year, the Church celebrates the Ascension of the Lord,
forty days from Easter Sunday, which is usually a Thursday.
In the various readings of today, we get
a hint of evidences, affirming the doctrine of Ascension. However, the Doctrine
of Ascension was narrated by only two Gospels, Mark 16:19-20; and Luke
24:50-53, and Acts 1:1-11, from which we took the first reading of today. Furthermore,
the Psalmist exclaimed, 'God goes up with shout of joy, the lord ascends with
trumpet blast'. Indeed, the Ascension of Jesus is a great joy for us, for where
our master has gone, we too shall follow in the same light. But to follow Him,
we need to purify our tunics and sanctify our hearts from all dirts of sin and
wickedness. Interestingly, the second and the Gospel readings of today, tell of
the wonderful gifts, blessings and graces which the Holy Spirit from Jesus,
would bestow on those who will wash their robes in the blood of the lamb. The
readings continue and said, while they will act as prophets, teachers, pastors,
Apostles, and evangelists; they will heal the sick, preach fearlessly, love
truly, give generously, prayer unceasingly, raise the dead, pick up snakes and
remain alive when they eat deadly poison.
Child of God, it is often said that, 'repetition strengthens the memory,
and continuous instructions, build the mind and conscience'. Thus, as we
annually celebrate these sacred rites as religious persons, I which to warn you
that, the tendency for many of us is merely to follow the rituals and fulfil
all righteousness according to the laws of the Church regarding holy days of
obligation. We often do not ponder on the mysteries we celebrate. Most of us do
not give a serious consideration and thought to the various salvivic events
that we celebrate yearly. Listen to me, there are many people, who celebrated
last year's Ascension Thursday, but are not around to celebrate this one. Now,
you have the opportunity to witness this year's Ascension, next year's is not
assured to anybody. So, why not live your life as one, hoping to Ascend to
Heaven when rapture would take place. Why not consider being a little bit more
prayerful, moral and spiritual. Finally, having ascended to heaven, Christ is
waiting anxiously to welcome and receive us into his home. I hope you will
Oh that today you would listen to
his voice harden not your hearts (Ps.95:7-8).
LET US PRAY : Lord Jesus, help me to be
conscious of my actions. And grant me the grace to be among your elect that
shall Ascend with rapture.....
The Lord be with you....... and
with your Spirit.
May Almighty God bless you in the Name of the
Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit ....Amen
HAPPY ASCENSION THURSDAY BELOVED FRIENDS
Emmanuel Nnamdi Megwara, MSP. ⛪