I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Reflection for Sunday May 8, Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord; Luke 24:46-53

Gospel: Luke 24:46-53
Jesus said to his disciples: “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” Then he led them out as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them. As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven. They did him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and they were continually in the temple praising God.
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Not all goodbyes are perfect like Jesus, for example when we finally say goodbye to this world. A few of us may somehow have a perfect goodbye like that of Jesus. Yet many of us shall have incomplete parting and this could happen to anyone of us. We can suddenly leave this world without having closures with our relatives and friends and this is sad.

When Jesus bade goodbye to His disciples it was a perfect goodbye because it was finally mission accomplish for Jesus. He accomplished His mission to perfection. There was no void and no remaining question about His earthly journey. Jesus finally ascended to heaven triumphant over all the challenges and trials that He encountered.  

Beneath the Ascension of the Lord to heaven is a lesson for us all that we must emulate. It’s the lesson of perfect goodbyes—goodbyes with closures, goodbyes with blessings and goodbyes without leaving any hatred and other excess baggage to those that we would be leaving behind.

Start building your legacy now: do good, share and live your faith, don’t betray anyone of their trust, be loving and caring listen more, don’t judge anyone and be humble at all times.

So that when it’s time for your own goodbye it would somehow be a perfect goodbye. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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