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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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Reflection for May 28, Solemnity of The Ascension of the Lord; Matthew 28:16-20

Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20
The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."
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Have you been given a responsibility by your Parents, Boss, parish Priest or by somebody whom you highly respect? Did you faithfully follow the given responsibility without questions?

In today’s gospel before Jesus ascends into heaven He commissioned first his disciples by telling them: “Go and make disciples of all nations and baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you (Matthew 28:19-20).

The apostolic succession of the church tells us that this commissioning is still being said by Jesus to the Ordained Ministers of the church. To paraphrase this command Jesus is also telling us this: Spread the Good News about me as well and you need not worry for I am with you.

These are powerful and profound words from Jesus addressed to all of us: Spread the good news about me. Have we already responded to this command of the Lord? Have we already shared the words of Jesus in bible to somebody?

Today we celebrate the feast of Jesus’ ascension to heaven. What does this mean to us? Does this mean that Jesus has completely left us without giving us something to hold-on? Did Jesus leave us holding an empty bag and wandering what’s in store for us? No, Jesus did not leave us alone.

It is very easy to say that I will share Jesus to my loved ones or to a complete stranger. But the question is are we able to give flesh to this command of Jesus or are we able to walk our talk? It takes a lot of courage a lot of bravery to live and share Jesus.

Yet we have nothing to fear because as we abide to Jesus’ command; the Holy Mass is always there to strengthen us, the Sacraments of the church are always there to guide us.

Jesus himself assures us: “behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age (Matthew 28:20)." – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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