Commentary for Sunday: The Ascension of the Lord

May 24th, 2020. 7th Sunday of Easter. The Ascension of the Lord. Mt 28, 16-20

For a while the risen Lord appeared to the disciples several times. On this solemnity of the Ascension, Jesus appears, promises not to leave them alone, entrusts them with a mission, and they see him ascending to heaven.
It is the moment of his glorification, of being close to the Father with full power over heaven and earth. Now he can send us his Spirit. He himself will return at the end of time.
His Ascension is a mystery that we can only accept from our faith. God sits him at his right hand in recognition of all his work. His time among us is over, but he does not abandon us. It will be a new form of presence: “I am with you always, until the end of the world”. Thus we will be able to fulfill his wishes: “make disciples, baptizing them, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…”
Today is a day of joy because the Ascension of Jesus is the victory of those who believe in him, for we share his divinity. It is a day of hope because where he is, we too will be, according to his promise: “I am going to prepare a place for you”. And it is a day of commitment, because it is not easy to be his witnesses in a world where believers have so many obstacles. Let us ask today with St. Paul to “give us his Spirit to know him, and to enlighten our hearts to understand what is the hope to which he calls us”.

Juan Ramón Gómez Pascual, cmf

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