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Liturgical day: Ascension (C)

Gospel text (Lk 24,46-53): «As He blessed them, He withdrew and was taken to heaven». Jesus said to his disciples: «You see what was written: the Messiah had to suffer and on the third day rise from the dead. Then repentance and forgiveness in his name would be proclaimed to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. Now you shall be witnesses to this. And this is why I will send you what my Father promised. So remain in the city until you are invested with power from above».

Jesus led them almost as far as Bethany; then He lifted up his hands and blessed them. And as He blessed them, He withdrew (and was taken to heaven. They worshiped him). They returned to Jerusalem full of joy and were continually in the Temple praising God.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today Jesus goes to heaven. He says goodbye to the disciples: he asks them to preach his teaching throughout the world. They see Jesus ascending, until a cloud hides him. And, surprise! "They returned to Jerusalem with great joy." They are not sad because, although they no longer see Jesus as before, they feel him close, very close!

- Through the Holy Spirit, God is present in our souls: thus it is still easier to talk with God. In fact, the disciples went to the Temple to continue talking with Jesus. Do you also go?