The Ascension of Jesus
Today is Ascension Thursday. On this day, the risen Christ, in the sight of His apostles, ascended bodily into Heaven. (Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9-11).
Most dioceses in the United States will celebrate this feast day on Sunday, which this year happens to also be Mother’s Day. This is incredibly appropriate; as every loving mother yearns to witness her child reach his or her true potential. Though I imagine Jesus’ ascension was bittersweet for Mary, we’re sure she found joy in knowing her Son was fulfilling the mission He was called to do.
So today and Sunday, when we reflect upon Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven and honor or mothers, we offer you this prayer:
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God,
that we who believe
Thine only-begotten Son our Redeemer,
to have ascended this day into heaven,
may ourselves dwell in spirit amid heavenly things.