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The Ascension

As we recall the first Novena and prepare for Pentecost, we reflect on our calling as Christians to proclaim to all nations.

As we recall the first Novena and prepare for Pentecost, we reflect on our calling as Christians to proclaim to all nations.

" Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “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.”

(Luke 24:44-49)

Last week we as a family in the Catholic Church celebrated the feast of the Ascension and this coming Sunday we will celebrate the feast of Pentecost, and so we find ourselves in a period known as the first Novena. In this period we recount the nine days between Jesus' ascension and the coming down of the Spirit when the disciples prayed for the coming gifts that Jesus had promised, and we ourselves take time to pray in preparation for the coming feast. The ascension is the completion of Christ's act of redemption for us as sinners that started at his crucifixion on Good Friday, it is a final earthly sign of his divinity performed in his ministry. At this time Jesus commissioned his disciples, telling them of the coming gifts and the task at hand of bearing witness to what they have seen and believed and once he ascended on high they retreat to a period of prayer and preparation for what was to come.

 

And we mark this occasion by also entering into prayer and reflection, as the celebration of Easter draws to an end we take stock on our own challenge for we are also called as the disciples where to go forth and proclaim the good news. At the feast of Pentecost we will be reminded of the Spirit that works through us and gives us the power to follow and believe, we pray therefore that we can be strong and accept the challenge of our calling as Christian brothers and sisters to meet the challenges of the modern world and bring about the realisation of the Kingdom of God.

 

Prayer:

We pray at this time of the first Novena for the coming of your spirit Lord, may we have peace and strength of mind and soul to be empowered by your gift so that we can face the world around us and be true witness' of our faith and your Love. We pray this in the name of Christ our saviour. Amen

 

IMAGE: Jesus' ascension to heaven, as depicted by John Singleton Copley, 1775 via Wikipedia