This Sunday we read about the Ascension of Jesus from St Luke’s Acts of the Apostles and from St Mark’s Gospel. These accounts are similar and, in some ways, they are the completion of St Matthew’s account of the Ascension.
We often call Matthew’s account the great commission. “Go out into the whole world and preach the good news”. The two accounts fit well together, one following the other like a well ordered timeline…
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20
And so the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven: there at the right hand of God he took his place, while they, going out, preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the signs that accompanied it.” Mark 16:15-20
After all these years, it is a consoling thought that Our Lord is still working with us. He is confirming His presence by the Christian spirit we see in many ordinary lives around us. In this way He is accompanying us to the end of time and He has kept His promise to be “always present” to His friends.
We can see the Spirit of Jesus working in the generosity and willingness to serve others in many people, especially our parents.
As parents you will often see spiritual strength and moral courage growing in your children, given to them from their love and obedience to Our Lord.
We can see His love for the Father in the prayers and devotion we witness in our parish community.
We all have many daily miracles of “Jesus being with us”, if we only have the spiritual eyes to see them. Sometime this weekend, stop, look, listen… take a new look at your family and friends, and remember… that all good works come from the Lord!
“And behold, I am with you until the end of the age”
God bless, Fr Andrew