Gospel for Thursday

May 26, 2022

Ascension of the Lord – Solemnity

 

The Lord Jesus Was Taken up into Heaven

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to

Saint Luke 24,46-53.

And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Messiah 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.

Word of the Lord

 

Introductory Prayer:

Lord, as I begin this prayer, I offer you my whole self: my thoughts, desires, decisions, actions, hopes, fears, weaknesses, failures and petty successes. I open my entire being to you, aware that you know everything already. I’m certain of your mercy and of the purifying power of your penetrating, loving gaze.

 

Meditation:

Why did Jesus leave his disciples forty days after his resurrection? Forty is a significant number in the Scriptures. Moses went to the mountain to seek the face of God for forty days in prayer and fasting. The people of Israel were in the wilderness for forty years in preparation for their entry into the promised land. Elijah fasted for forty days as he journeyed in the wilderness to the mountain of God. For forty days after his resurrection Jesus appeared numerous times to his disciples to assure them that he had risen indeed and to prepare them for the task of carrying on the work which he began during his earthy ministry.
Jesus’ departure and ascension into heaven was both an end and a beginning for his disciples. While it was the end of Jesus’ physical presence with his beloved disciples, it marked the beginning of Jesus’ presence with them in a new way. Jesus promised that he would be with them always to the end of time (Matthew 28:20). Now as the glorified and risen Lord and Savior, ascended to the right hand of the Father in heaven, Jesus promised to send them the Holy Spirit who would anoint them with power from on high on the Feast of Pentecost, just as Jesus was anointed for his ministry at the River Jordan (Luke 3:21-22, 4:1,18). When the Lord Jesus departed physically from the apostles, they were not left in sorrow or grief. Instead, they were filled with joy and with great anticipation for the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Why did the Risen Lord ascend into heaven? The Father raised the glorified body of his Son and enthroned him in glory at his right hand in heaven. The Lord Jesus in his glorified body now reigns as Lord over the heavens and the earth – over all that he has created. The Risen Lord reigns from the throne in heaven as our Merciful Redeemer and Gracious King. He intercedes for us and he empowers us through the outpouring of his Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus gives us new life in his Spirit and he strengthens us in faith, hope and love so we can serve him and carry on his work as citizens of his kingdom here on earth.
Jesus’ last words to his disciples point to the key mission and task he has entrusted to his followers on earth – to be his witnesses and ambassadors to the ends of the earth so that all peoples, tribes, and nations may hear the good news that Jesus Christ has come to set us free from sin, Satan, and death and has won for us a kingdom of peace, joy, and righteousness that will last forever.
How can we be effective witnesses for Christ? Jesus told his disciples, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you – and you shall be my witnesses… to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Jesus gives his followers the same power he received when the Holy Spirit came upon him and anointed him at the beginning of his mission (John 1:32-33). The Gospel is the power of God, the power to release people from their burden of sin, guilt, and oppression, and the power to heal, restore, and make us whole. Do you believe in the power of the Gospel to change and transform your life?
Paul the Apostle reminds us that we are called to be ambassadors for Jesus Christ. Just as ambassadors are appointed to represent their country and to speak on behalf of their nation’s ruler, we, too are appointed by the Lord Jesus to speak on his behalf and to bring others into a close and personal encounter with the Lord and Ruler of heaven and earth. This is the great commission which the risen Christ gives to the whole church. All believers have been given a share in this task – to be heralds of the good news and ambassadors for Jesus Christ, the only savior of the world. We have not been left alone in this task, for the risen Lord works in and through us by the power of his Holy Spirit. Today we witness a new Pentecost as the Lord pours out his Holy Spirit upon his people to renew and strengthen the body of Christ and to equip it for effective ministry and mission world-wide. Do you witness to others the joy of the Gospel and the hope of the resurrection?

 

Petition:

Lord, help me to praise you and spread your message everywhere.

 

  1. We Too Are Witnesses to the Work of Jesus Christ: What a beautiful scene. Our Lord suffered, died, rose on the third day and then spent 40 days with the Apostles and the disciples. Now, just before he ascends into heaven, he leaves his Church with this message of love—mercy and forgiveness. The Apostles experienced Our Lord’s mercy. Now he gives them the commission to go out into the whole world and preach forgiveness of sins in the power of the most holy of names: “Jesus.” Because the Apostles preached as Christ had told them, we are all beneficiaries of Our Lord’s mercy. We have experienced this in our hearts. We, too, must bear witness to the work of Jesus Christ.

 

  1. Clothe Me with Your Holy Power, Lord Jesus: We know that an apple seed, if given proper nourishment, will become an apple tree and produce many apples through many seasons. We know this through experience. God made the apple seed, and he gave it power to become an apple tree. Now Christ tells the Apostles he will clothe them with power from on high so that they will be blessed with something that is well beyond their own human nature and power. They will be given the power to bear abundant fruit for the kingdom of Christ. Two thousand years later, Christ is still clothing people with this power from on high: with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which we received when we were baptized and in greater proportion when we were confirmed. Through prayer we begin to see with supernatural vision the person we can be and the fruit we can produce.

 

  1. May I Give You Only Praise and Adoration: The Apostles were sad and dejected when Our Lord told them he would be leaving. Now, they are filled with awe and praise. The scales have fallen from their eyes. The shadow of the cross no longer strikes the same fear in their hearts. Christ has conquered sin and death, and they are witnesses to this, for they have experienced it in their own lives. This past Lent we accompanied Our Lord during his passion and death. We then witnessed his resurrection. Now we see him ascending into heaven. Like the Apostles, we, too, are so moved to stand in awe of so great a God that we are compelled to sing his praises day and night. This attitude goes hand-in-hand with being messengers of his love to all peoples.

 

Conversation with Christ:

Lord Jesus, I want to be a holy dwelling place for the Holy Spirit. Your gift to me is your Spirit of truth and love. You nourish me with the things of heaven. May I decrease so that you may increase.

 

Resolution:

I will speak well of others today and shun all tendency to judge others or speak badly of them.

 

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, through the gift of your Holy Spirit, you fill us with an indomitable spirit of praise and joy which no earthly trial can subdue. Fill me with your resurrection joy and help me to live a life of praise and thanksgiving for your glory. May I witness to those around me the joy of the Gospel and the reality of your great victory over sin and death.

Evangelio del jueves

26 de mayo, 2022

Jueves de la 6ª semana de Pascua

 

Mientras los bendecía, fue llevado al cielo

Del Santo Evangelio según

San Lucas 24,46-53.

Jesús dijo a sus discípulos: “Así está escrito: el Mesías debía sufrir y resucitar de entre los muertos al tercer día,
y comenzando por Jerusalén, en su Nombre debía predicarse a todas las naciones la conversión para el perdón de los pecados.
Ustedes son testigos de todo esto.”
Y yo les enviaré lo que mi Padre les ha prometido. Permanezcan en la ciudad, hasta que sean revestidos con la fuerza que viene de lo alto”.
Después Jesús los llevó hasta las proximidades de Betania y, elevando sus manos, los bendijo.
Mientras los bendecía, se separó de ellos y fue llevado al cielo.
Los discípulos, que se habían postrado delante de él, volvieron a Jerusalén con gran alegría,
y permanecían continuamente en el Templo alabando a Dios.

Palabra del Señor

 

Oración introductoria
Señor, aumenta mi fe y mi amor a Ti y a los demás. Ayúdame a vivir esperando el día en que me introduzcas por la puerta grande del amor, por la puerta del Cielo, más allá de todas mis expectativas. Que esta oración me ayude a seguir esperando con fe y entrega esforzada la llegada de ese día.

Petición
Señor, dame la gracia de confiar siempre en tu Palabra.

Meditación del Papa
La Ascensión nos dice que en Cristo nuestra humanidad es llevada a las alturas de Dios; así cada vez que rezamos, la tierra se une con el Cielo. Y como el incienso cuando se quema hace subir hacia lo alto su humo suave y perfumado, así cuando elevamos al Señor nuestra fervorosa oración llena de confianza a Cristo, esta atraviesa los cielos y alcanza el Trono de Dios, y es por Él escuchada y satisfecha. En la célebre obra de san Juan de la Cruz, Subida del Monte Carmelo, leemos que para “ver realizados los deseos de nuestro corazón no hay nada mejor que poner la fuerza de nuestra oración en lo que más le gusta a Dios. Entonces Él no nos dará solamente lo que le pedimos, o sea la salvación, sino también lo que Él ve que sea conveniente y bueno para nosotros, aún si no se lo pedimos”. Supliquemos a la Virgen María para que nos ayude a contemplar los bienes celestiales que el Señor nos promete, y a volvernos testimonios siempre más creíbles de la vida divina.

Esto es la tarea que Jesús da a sus discípulos. Si un discípulo se queda quieto y no sale, no dará jamás a los demás lo que ha recibido en el bautismo, no es un verdadero discípulo de Jesús: carece de la misionaridad, le falta salir de sí mismo para llevar algo de bien a los demás. El recorrido para el discípulo de Jesús es ir más allá, para llevar esta buena noticia. Si bien hay también otro recorrido del discípulo: el recorrido interior que busca al Señor cada día, también con la oración y en la meditación.  El discípulo tiene que realizar este recorrido, porque si no busca siempre a Dios, al Evangelio que lleva a los otros, tendrá un evangelio débil, aguado, sin fuerza. Porque este doble recorrido es el doble camino que Jesús quiere para sus discípulos.  (S.S. Francisco).

 

Reflexión
La Ascensión es sin duda un misterio de la vida de Cristo poco meditado. Sin embargo, adquiere especial consideración porque es parte de la resurrección de Cristo. No se entendería la resurrección sin la ascensión. De entre las muchas enseñanzas de la Ascensión podríamos considerar estas dos: Cristo fue levantado de la tierra para atraer a todos hacia Él (Jn 12, 32) y para sentarse a la derecha del Padre, como profesamos en la oración del credo cada domingo o con mayor frecuencia.
La elevación de Cristo en la cruz significa y anuncia la elevación en la Ascensión al cielo. (Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica no.662) Por ello encontramos en la cruz el inicio de su ascensión. Y todo con este único fin, atraer a todos lo hombres hacia Él. Jesús aceptó subir a la cruz para mantenernos unidos a Él, para que ninguno se perdiera. He aquí la grande y única aspiración de Cristo en la tierra. Su amor a cada hombre incluso por los que se resistirían a creer en Él. Sin embargo, así como aceptó subir a la cruz, sube al cielo para que disfrutemos de su gloria. Como lo hicieron sus apóstoles que después de verlo resucitado lo fueron a adorar al cenáculo. Nosotros, ¿cuándo fue la última vez dirigimos una oración de alabanza, de gloria, de adoración como lo hicieron los apóstoles?
Por otro lado, que Jesús esté sentado a la derecha del Padre nos quiere decir que a partir de ese momento Cristo inaugura el reino de Dios. Reino que no será destruido jamás. Reino que nunca pasará. Imperio que es eterno. Cada cristiano pertenece a este reino. De nosotros depende que este reino sea grande. Expandiéndolo por medio de la palabra de Cristo; y que sea fuerte en una unión monolítica por medio de la caridad, del perdón de la paciencia. Tal como la respondió Cristo a quienes le crucificaron.

Diálogo con Cristo
Jesús, nos has revelado el inmenso amor que el Padre tiene por todos. Ayúdame a nunca dudar de su amor por mí. Ayúdame a responder a su amor con la fidelidad a su voluntad y con la práctica de la caridad exquisita con aquellos que están más cerca de mí.

Propósito
Antes o después de la santa Misa, preferentemente en familia, hacer una visita al Sagrario.

 

 Despedida

¡Cristo, Rey nuestro!
¡Venga tu Reino!
Virgen prudentísima, María, Madre de la Iglesia.
Ruega por nosotros.
En el nombre del Padre y del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo.
Amén.