(Click to enlarge image of The Ascension, The Basilica di San Marco, Venice)
9th, 2013, Ascension Thursday
The following text is from: "Lives Of The Saints, With Reflections For Every Day In The Year." Compiled From The "Lives Of The Saints", By Rev. Alban Butler. To Which Are Added
Lives Of The American Saints Placed On the Calender For The United States By The Special Petition Of The Third Plenary Council Of Baltimore (1894) Imprimatur
THE mystery which
the Church honors on this day is at the same time that of the triumph of Jesus Christ and the hallowed hope of His disciples. The Saviour, after having accomplished His mission on earth, ascends to heaven to put His manhood in possession of the glory due to
it, and to prepare for us an abiding-place. He ascends thither as our King, Liberator, Chief, and Mediator: our King, because He has purchased us at the cost of His blood; our Liberator, because He has conquered death and sin, and has ransomed us from the
thraldom of Satan; our Chief, because He wishes that we should follow in His footsteps, and that we should be where He is, even as He has Himself declared; our Mediator, because we can have access to the Father only through Him. He ascends thither as our High
Priest, in order to offer unceasingly to God the blood which He has shed for us in His character of man, and to obtain for us through the merits of His sacrifice the remission of our sins.
Let us, then, by means of faith, follow Him in His
Ascension to heaven, and abide there henceforth in heart and spirit. Let us remember that heaven is wholly ours, as our inheritance; and, amid the temptations and miseries of this life, let us think often of this home of peace, of glory, and of bliss eternal.
We must not flatter ourselves, however, that without earnest efforts on our part we shall have any share in the kingdom of Jesus Christ. There are many mansions in the house of our heavenly Father, but there are not many roads leading thither.
Jesus Christ has traced out for us the way of humiliation and suffering, and it is the only one that conducts to eternal peace. If the hardships of the journey and the sight of our own weakness strike us with dread, we should gather energy by leaning on the
promises of the God-man. He will be with us even unto the end, and if we love Him all will become easy.
Reflection. — Let us cherish hope: "Christ being come, a High Priest of the good things to come, hath entered
into the holy of holies, by His own blood having obtained eternal redemption."
Blessed be St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles!
The Papal Restoration Staff
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