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Doctrines & Morals

Thursday May 10, 2018; The Ascension of the Lord Acts 1:1-11; Psa 46(47):2-3, 6-9; Eph 4:1-13; Mark 16:15-20

My Morning Minute With Jesus
“God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.”
Ascension Thursday remains ingrained in my mind. Before the government forcefully seized the mission schools, we left class to attend mass on Ascension, and gave an extended thunderous clap to God in response to the psalm, which says: “All peoples, clap your hands…” Yes, we clapped Jesus into heaven with the hope that we would follow him sooner or later, having completely followed Him as disciples here on earth. In the meantime, Jesus commands his disciples to be preoccupied with witnessing to his living presence, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, by our words and actions. A life of active witness saves us from being caught napping at Jesus’ return. An idle wait for the last day is fruitless, as there still remains so much work to be done in ensuring that the good news reaches every nook and cranny of the earth. That is Jesus’ command and our mandate as long as we live, both as church and as individuals. Such witness is the stairway to heaven.
Jesus, seated at the right hand of the Father, intercede for us. Amen.
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