Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter (Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord). Reflection by Rev. Fr. Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)

Acts.1:1-11; Eph.1:17-23; Matt.28:16-20

Back in my seminary days we had one spiritual director whose favourite song was ‘since Jesus liveth everything in me will live, since Jesus liveth everything will live. Even dry bones in me will live…” We laughed at that song each time, not because it didn’t make any sense (it does make the most sense) but because of the manner in which the man sang it, coupled with the fact that he wasn’t blessed with a very good voice. Today we continue to rejoice that Jesus has risen and has ascended to the Father.

Friends, He doesn’t leave us orphans (cf.Jn.14:18) but has promised us so much power, which far surpasses every principality, authority, power, and dominion, and every name that is named not only in this age but also in the one to come. We must therefore go and make disciples of ALL nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Spirit. We must first be transformed by the power of his resurrection and ascension, then tell it in Church, in our households, in the music, football, and cinema houses, in beer parlours, in hotels and brothels, in the market, in the streets, the towns and villages; everywhere…

Good morning dear; God bless your day ahead. Happy Solemnity of the Ascension!

N.B: The Solemnity of the Ascension is not celebrated today in the Catholic Diocese of Uromi. It will be celebrated on the Seventh Sunday of Easter.

Image credit @ Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.