Ascension of the Lord (C)

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Papal Homilies

Pope Francis

March 13, 2013 – Present

MAY 8, 2016

Christ Lives!

Christ is with us: Jesus rose to heaven, he is with us: Christ lives!

Before departing from his friends, Jesus, referring to the event of his death and Resurrection, said to them: “You are witnesses of these things” (v. 48). In other words the disciples, the Apostles, were witnesses of the death and Resurrection of Christ, on that day, also of the Ascension of Christ. In fact, after seeing their Lord ascend into heaven, the disciples returned to the city as witnesses joyfully proclaiming to all the new life which comes from the Crucified and Risen One, in whose name “repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached to all nations” (cf. v. 47). This is the witness — born not only with words but with everyday life — the witness that every Sunday should flow from our churches so as to enter during the week into homes, offices, schools, meeting and recreational places, hospitals, prisons, homes for the elderly, in places crowded with immigrants, in the peripheries of the city…. We must bear this witness every week: Christ is with us: Jesus rose to heaven, he is with us: Christ lives!

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SOURCE: The Holy See Archive at the Vatican Website © Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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Ascension of the Lord (C)

Pope Benedict XVI

April 19, 2005 – February 28, 2013

MAY 16, 2010

The Gaze of the Apostles

The Lord opening the way to Heaven, gives us a foretaste of divine life already on this earth.

The Lord draws the gaze of the Apostles our gaze toward Heaven to show how to travel the road of good during earthly life. Nevertheless, he remains within the framework of human history, he is near to each of us and guides our Christian journey: he is the companion of the those persecuted for the faith, he is in the heart of those who are marginalized, he is present in those whom the right to life is denied. We can hear, see and touch our Lord Jesus in the Church, especially through the word and the sacraments. In this regard, I call on children and young people who during this Easter Season are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, to remain faithful to the Word of God and to the doctrine learnt, and also to assiduously approach Confession and the Eucharist, conscious of having been chosen and constituted to witness to the Truth. I renew my particular invitation to my Brothers in the Episcopate, that “in their life and actions they distinguish themselves by a powerful evangelical witness” (Letter proclaiming the Year for Priests) and know also how to use the means of communication wisely to make known the life of the Church and help the men of today to discover the Face of Christ (cf. Message for the 44th World Day of Social Communications24 January 2010).

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SOURCE: The Holy See Archive at the Vatican Website © Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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Ascension of the Lord (C)

Pope Saint John Paul II

October 16, 1978 – April 2, 2005

MAY 27, 2001

Citizens of both Earth and Heaven

Christ in his humanity became the bridge between earth and heaven

The event of the Ascension of Jesus made an indelible impression on the memory of the first disciples so that we find their witness to it in the Gospels and in the Acts of the Apostles. Forty days after his resurrection, Jesus led his disciples to the Mount of Olives, “towards Bethany”, and “while he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up to heaven” (Lk 24,50-51). Naturally, they remained looking on high, but were suddenly called back to earth by two angels, “Why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus … will come in the same way that you have seen him go into heaven”.

On earth as it is in heaven“: the words which we repeat daily in praying the Our Father express well the condition of the disciples, transformed by the experience of the Easter mystery of Christ. They are to be citizens of both earth and heaven.

In fact, Christ in his humanity became the bridge between earth and heaven: He is the mediator between God and man, between the kingdom of heaven and the history of the world. United to him in his Spirit, believers form a new community, the Church, whose nature is both visible and spiritual, pilgrim in the world and sharer in heavenly glory (cf Lumen Gentium, n. 8, 48-51).

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