On this feast of the Ascension, we remember that Christ’s ascension marks the definitive entrance of Jesus’ humanity into God’s heavenly domain (CCC #665). This feast reminds us that like the first disciples, we are not to dally “looking up at the sky,” but are to get busy proclaiming the glory of God’s kingdom by the witness of our lives.
May 29, 2022
Lord Jesus, you took on human form and became one with us: Lord, have mercy.
Christ Jesus, you conquered death and revealed to us your divine glory: Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you now commission us to continue the work of your kingdom: Lord, have mercy.
Gracious God, you sent your Son to show us the way to the kingdom. Open our hearts to your will. Lead us in your love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
The feast of the Ascension is meant to awaken hope. In Jesus, risen from the dead and ascended to the right hand of the Father, our lowly human nature participates in the very life of God. In the light of the ascension, therefore, we are permitted to hope for a way of being, elevated and perfected beyond our imagining. (2004)