Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today's Mass Readings


Ascension Thursday (observed in some US dioceses, traditional day)

Today is the fortieth day since Easter Sunday inclusive. After forty days of appearing to and instructing his Apostles, Christ the King ascends his throne in Heaven, as it is written, “He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3) And again, “So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God.” (Mk 16:10)

So, forty days ago was Easter; ten days from now is Pentecost, which means “fifty.” Ascension is fittingly a transition from one to the other.

Resurrection, Ascension, and Pentecost: these Christ events go together. The liturgical calendar tries to simulate the experience of the disciples. The Church calendar makes the passing of time sacred. For monks living the Rule of St. Benedict, Easter and Pentecost mark the beginning of new schedules for work, prayer, and meals. (see RB 8-15, 41)

Like apostles, we witness to the enthronement of Christ the King today. Like apostles, Christ has chosen us and sends us out to tell the Good News. But before we go, we ought to get help. We await the promise of the Father: the Spirit of Truth, the Paraclete, the Advocate, the Holy Spirit.

For Today:
Consider a novena to the Holy Spirit, a short daily devotion for nine days leading up to Pentecost.

Reflection by Br. Luke Kral, OSB

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