Christ’s ascension gives hope to us all
Fr Paddy ByrneLAST Sunday, we celebrated the solemnity of the ascension of the Lord, 40 days after his resurrection, when Jesus Christ ascended in glory into Heaven.
We remembered that moment when the Lord was no longer physically present among his disciples and followers, when they could no longer directly see him or touch him as they had been able to during their approximately three years of following him throughout his works and ministries.
But this did not mean that the Lord abandoned or left his disciples, or ignored them and did not care about them any more. On the contrary, the Lord himself specifically mentioned that he went to prepare the places for his faithful ones and that he would also send a great helper to assist all of us, the Holy Spirit, whose birth at Pentacost was celebrated on Sunday.
The Holy Spirit is the source of strength and hope for all the faithful, the font of wisdom and truth for them during their works and ministries. And the Lord would fulfil this promise, as in ten days after his ascension, the Holy Spirit came down on the Apostles as they prayed in a room, an event known as the Pentecost, which also marked the birth of the Church.
Read Fr Paddy’s weekly column: Time to think, in next Tuesday’s edition of the Laois Nationalist