My reflection today is from Living Faith:
“He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during forty days…￼Acts: 1-3
On a group tour to Jerusalem, we visited the Mount of Olives from where Jesus had ascended. We noted the hilly landscape, but most just gazed at the sky beyond the misty-veiled clouds trying to envision that vivid celestial event.￼ After Jesus rose from the dead, he spent forty more days on earth before ascending. These forty days were in direct contrast to another forty days he had spent in the desert, to prepare his public ministry and, eventually, face his horrendous crucifixion￼. Conquering pain and death Jesus changed from being victim to victor. In his forty closing days on earth, we can sense his contented frame of mind (surprising his friend that he is alive!), wishing peace to all, displaying his scars and relaxing to prepare breakfast on the beach before his heavenly homecoming.
Jesus, Savior, lead us to the Father’s house.” Fr. James McKarns
Today, we celebrate the feast of the Ascension. Jesus spent forty days after his resurrection with his apostles, disciples, and friends.￼ we are so fortunate that we are given the spirit of Jesus in our hearts. Let us remember that Jesus walks with us every day of our lives.