Dear Parishioners and FRIENDS.
Tomorrow (40 days after the Resurrection) is the liturgical feast of the ASCENSION. In reality here in Canada we celebrate this festivity on this SUNDAY.
HERE ENCLOSED A REFLECTION ON THE FEAST.
THE ASCENSION: A beginning of a new chapter.
With his resurrection Jesus has accomplished the desire of the Father, to save mankind and bring man back to his original beauty and grace. Like Moses he has freed his people from eternal damnation and now he is leading to the “new Kingdom of God” through forty days of apparitions and instructions. The forty days that go from the tomb to the mount of his ascension are symbolic of the 40 years of the people of Israel in the desert. From the slavery of Egypt now Jesus is bringing us out of the slavery to sin and death.
Ascension is also a great return of the human nature of the new Adam (=Jesus Christ) back into the “garden of Eden (=paradise). Since the original sin, humanity had lost the possibility of returning to the garden, because no fallen nature was admissible into the perfect garden created by God. Now the human nature is whole again in Jesus and it can go back to heaven; but with his nature now all human natures can go back to God again.
Ascension marks also a new age, the age of the Holy Spirit. As He was going up to heaven, Jesus told his disciples to remain in Jerusalem until they received the Holy Spirit, spirit of truth. He was going up to heaven to invite the third person of the Holy Trinity to come and complete his part on the eternal plan that God the Father had conceived from eternity. So now, both Father and Son are united in sending their love (=The Holy Spirit) to implement the plan they had already mapped out for humanity.
Ascension marks also the moment when Jesus, sitting at the right of the Father, is taking possession of his “universal kingship”. To sit at the right hand of the Father is not only taking his place of triumph, but most of all taking His place of power, which is signified with the image of sitting at the right hand of God, the prime minister of the King. From now on, he will reign with sovereignty over the new kingdom that he has established on earth with his resurrection.
Ascension is also a promise, that the disciples will be where the master has gone to be ahead of them. He is also the head of the Body, the church; where the head is, the body will also be. As his body we have our rightful place for all eternity together with the human nature of Jesus, who is also the second person of the Holy Trinity. Ascension is the guarantee of our future life in heaven.
So now, as Jesus told his disciples, let us prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit, which is the love of the Father and the love of the Son combined.
ON FRIDAY WE BEGIN THE NOVENA OF PENTECOST.
In Church we will celebrate with Rosary at 6:30pm, HOLY MASS at 7:00pm and then NOVENA AT 7:30pm (A Tamil service will also follow).
I found a good program from DAN SHUTTE that you can follow day after day.
PENTECOST – https://www.danschuttemusic.com/wordpressstore/pentecost-novena/?mc_cid=5f0f8629c1&mc_eid=3247297cf1
THE COMPANIONS OF THE CROSS have a VIRTUAL PENTECOST NOVENA. YOU MAY JOIN THEM HERE:
VIDEO – You can look at my last brief reflection: AD RAMDOM 10 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTPPcZtzuoM
I ALSO FOUND ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL MOVIE ABOUT St. John Paul II.
POPE JOHN PAUL II (Very Good and complete)