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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 1, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
Ephesians 1:17-23
Matthew 28:16-20

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Lord's Ascension into heaven, a Holyday of Obligation.

It seems fitting that Jesus should return to His Father, but what about those left behind, what about us? Aren't you a little sad, in a human way that Jesus was no longer present in the flesh to His disciples, that the time had come to an end where they could enjoy being face to face with Him?

So it is that frequently we first see things in human terms and only with God's grace move beyond into the realm of the spiritual, the holy. It is grace that gives us faith, nurtures our hope and propels us along in love toward the inevitable end of our own existence here on this earth. Without these virtues there would always be reason for sadness, the end would always be the end and not as we have been blessed to believe, part of the continuum of our sojourn toward the everlasting.

Bearing this in mind may we not be sad as we celebrate this great day, but rejoice as we remember the Lord's parting words to His beloved friends:

All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me . . .
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.

- Donna Nelson, OCDS |
email: drn3rd (at) hughes (dot) net

The Ascension of the Lord

Today is a Holyday of Obligation.

Lives of the saints:

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