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Ascension Sunday June 1st 2014

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In some dioceses this feast was celebrated on Thursday of last week but in most places we celebrate the Ascension on the ` 6th Sunday of Easter. The words of the Gospel for this weekend strike me ‘go therefore make disciples of all the nations and know that I am with you yes to the end of time. This Gospel reading is all about the future it is also about ourselves in the here and now of today, and what we are doing to make disciples of all the nations in 2014. Simply put where do we fit in when we hear Jesus telling us to make disciples of the nations and do we recognize him as being with us now in June 2014. In today’s gospel, Jesus has little to say, but he is definite about what he has to say. This is in sharp contrast to the fact that, even at this last minute, some of his disciples still doubted. The disciples did what he told them to do. He asked them to meet him on the mountain, and they did that. Like any gathering of people, their feelings were varied. Some of them worshipped him, while some of them still doubted. Jesus didn’t seem to have any great problem with that, because he knew that, when the Spirit came, all of those doubts would be ended. It would seem, indeed, that he was in a hurry to take his leave of them, so that the second part of his plan of salvation could get underway.

The mission of the apostles was simple to understand; difficult to carry out. It was to teach others all that Jesus had taught them. Just as he asked his disciples to obey him, they were to ask that others should obey his directions and instructions also which is so hard in the world of today. The programme of redemption and salvation must continue from generation to generation, until the end of time. With all the changes in the church and in society, the two things that have not changed are Jesus himself, and every word of his message. The Message and the Messenger have never, and never will change. Again we ask ourselves what we are doing to make disciples of all the nations realizing that Jesus and his message is always new for each generation may we be heralds of joy of the Ascension as we place the message of Jesus before others by the way we live our lives in the Joy of the Gospel. 

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