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'The Lord goes up with shouts of joy.' Sunday Reflections, The Ascension

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The Ascension, Andrea della Robbia[Web Gallery of Art]
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The Ascension

Three White Cottages in Saintes-Maries, van Gogh [Web Gallery of Art]
A work of art is the fruit of the creative capacity of the human being who stands in wonder before the visible reality, and who seeks to discover the depths of its meaning and to communicate it through the language of forms, colors and sounds. Art has the capacity to express and to make visible man’s need to go beyond what he sees; it manifests his thirst and his search for the infinite. In fact, it is like a door opened to the infinite — to a beauty and a truth that goes beyond the everyday. And a work of art can open the eyes of the mind and heart, carrying them higher(Pope Benedict XVI).

'You are witnesses of these things.' Sunday Reflections, The Ascension of the Lord, Year C

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The Ascension of Christ, Rembrandt, 1636

The Solemnity of the Ascension
Gospel Luke 24:46-53 NRSV, Catholic
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

When I went home to Ireland on vacation from the Philippines in 1994 before beginning six years as vocation director I took a short course for missionaries in the use of computers given by a religi…

'Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.' Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Year B

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The Ascension of Christ, Rembrandt,1636, Munich [Web Gallery of Art]GospelMark 16:15-20 (New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, Canada)  Jesus said to his disciples: 
“Go into all the world and proclaim the good newsto the whole creation.The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned.And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;they will pick up snakes in their hands,and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it. In Regions where the Solemnity is observed on Ascension Thursday the following Sunday is the Sevent…

'I am with you always . . .' Sunday Reflections. The Ascension; 7th Sunday of Easter

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The Ascension of Christ, Rembrandt, 1638 Alte Pinakotech, Munich [Web Gallery of Art] Solemnity of the Ascension  Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA)                                  
Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa) GospelMatthew 28:16-20  (New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, Can)

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” The readings above are used whether the Solemnity is celebrated on Ascension Thursday or on the following Sund…