Today we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus into the Heaven.
Today is an important day for us to reflect on our mission as disciples and to us.
Let us begin by reflecting with a reading from the Gospel of Matthew:
The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged
to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some
hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, ‘All authority in heaven and
on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations;
baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and
teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you
always; yes, to the end of time.’
Even though Jesus is no longer physical with us, he left us with all that we needed to be the
best disciples that we can be, following his words ‘Go and make disciples of all nations’. He
gives us the knowledge and wisdom we need in the Bible and his teachings, the inspiration
from the Saints who have been before us and the Holy Spirit as a guide.
Let us pray this day, to Christ to help us with our mission to spread his message of love to all:
O God of earth and sky,
as Jesus came among us in Bethlehem to raise us up to heaven,
so today we recall his departing from us at Jerusalem to be in all places.
Though he is hidden from our sight,
enable us to abide in him
by the power and grace of the Holy Spirit,
until his mercy and grace fill your whole creation. Amen.
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