28 May 2017
Ascension of the Lord
The Gospel Today
Mt 28: 16-20
The eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
Then Jesus approached and said to them,
“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
Reflection (Sem. Eric Yabut)
The Gospel narrative reminds us how the God the Father loves us. The Almighty Father allowed us to live our life in freedom. There are moments that, because of that free will, we fall to temptation and worst committing sins. These sins make us weak and feel unworthy. But It is by His Son, Jesus Christ, that through His redeeming love we gain our salvation. He allowed Himself to be crucified to show His love to us. Amidst the unworthiness we felt for ourselves, Jesus saved us. As we celebrate the solemnity of our Lord’s Ascension, let us not forget that Jesus left us this passage “I am with you always, until the end of the ages.” The scene was very heartfelt, that even in Jesus time to return to the Father; He reminds us that through the Holy Spirit, He will be with us.
I waited for so long to find my father. Through the patience and trust in Jesus, finally after the thirty years of longing for his presence, the Lord granted my prayer. Truly indeed, He is with me during those times I am about to quit and being discouraged if I can find my father. He reminded me through that passage that He will never leave me.
To Jesus, it is not enough that we are just saved. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to us because through Him, we will be continually transformed towards the Father. It is the invitation of the Gospel to us that it is now the time to live our lives loving our God; loving the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.