Collect: Gladden us with holy joys, almighty God, and make us rejoice with devout thanksgiving, for the Ascension of Christ your Son is our exaltation, and, where the Head has gone before in glory, the Body is called to follow in hope.
Sorry for all the late stuff; graduation ceremonies and work were just really busy. Anyway, last week, it was the Solemnity of the Ascension. Luckily, in New Jersey, Ascension stays on Thursday and is not moved to Sunday.
The Gospel reading sums up what it is we are called to do.
Mark 16: 15-20
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Go into the whole world
and proclaim the gospel to every creature.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
whoever does not believe will be condemned.
These signs will accompany those who believe:
in my name they will drive out demons,
they will speak new languages.
They will pick up serpents with their hands,
and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
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.
But they went forth and preached everywhere,
while the Lord worked with them
and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.
Fr. James, the celebrant of the Mass I attended, urged us in his homily to proclaim the truth to others. Even in the face of the ever changing world, the truth will not change. Let us continue in that good work.