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Liturgical day: Ascension (A)

Gospel text (Mt 28,16-20): The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go (…). Then Jesus approached them and said, «(…) I am with you always until the end of this world».

The Ascension: Christ receives the heavenly homage

Fr. Joaquim MESEGUER García
(Sant Quirze del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain)

Today, we contemplate that before the resurrected body of Jesus ascended to heaven he commanded the church to continue with His mission in the world: He told His church to proclaim the gospels, teach people, and baptize new followers.

Christ returns to the glory of God and ceases to be visible in His physical form. After having lived among us and sacrificed Himself lovingly for our salvation, Jesus Christ is now "seated" at the right hand of the Father: Heaven adores Him and the Father accepts the sacrifice offered for our salvation. Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end. In the intervening time He will not abandon us, but that the Holy Spirit is now and always will be with us until the end of the world.

—I adore you Father, because in Christ you give us life and grace. We ask you that we maybe worthy to participate in the glory that your Son has in fullness.