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THROUGH THE LITURGICAL YEAR (Vol. 16, n. 26)
THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD, YEAR A
May 24, 2020
“JESUS SAVIOR: “He Commands Us to Go
and Make Disciples of All Nations”
(+) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
(A moment of silence)
SONG: An Easter song, a Eucharistic hymn or another appropriate song may be sung.
WORDS OF BLESSED JAMES ALBERIONE
In celebrating this triumphal reality, the sacred liturgy calls us to rejoicing: “All you peoples, clap your hands. Shout to God with cries of gladness” (Ps 47:2) … The ascension puts the finishing touches on the way which God has shown to us. Jesus Christ, who is the way to the Father – way in example, doctrine, grace, and in his living humanity itself – now shines forth as the way in his marvelous ascension: “ascending on high”. While we glorify the Lord Jesus ascended in splendor, let us revive our faith in our future ascension into heaven. After the resurrection of the dead, body and soul reunited, we, too, will ascend into heaven, if we live now our own paschal mystery, “dying to sin and becoming conformed to Christ”, as the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy exhorts us, “that we may live no longer for ourselves but for him who died for us and rose again” (cf. II Cor 5:15) … Let us enliven our faith in Christ’s ascension. This is the faith in Christ the way: “a new and living way” (Heb 10:20). He is the way linking earth and heaven, not rejecting the earth, but utilizing it for heaven.
Leader: Let us pray that the Risen Christ will lead us to eternal life.
God our Father,
make us joyful in the ascension of your Son Jesus Christ.
May we follow him into the new creation,
for his ascension is our glory and our hope.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever.
JESUS MASTER TRUTH
Listening to the Word
FIRST READING: Acts 1:1-11
SECOND READING: Eph 1:17-23
GOSPEL READING: Mt 28:16-20
POINTS FOR REFLECTION
The feast of the Lord’s ascension is a celebration of his “new” presence in our midst and of our missionary mandate as Church. The glorified Jesus continues to be present to us by the power of the Holy Spirit. He confirms us in our effort to go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. We do not give in to fear as we carry out our mission because the Risen Christ accompanies us with his protection and power. The “Gospel” we proclaim to every creature refers not to a doctrine, but to the very person of Jesus. The Church in mission is powered by an energy that comes from on high. The Holy Spirit, the vitalizing power of the Church’s mission, is the awesome manifestation of the Risen Lord’s abiding presence in today’s world.
WORDS OF POPE FRANCIS
Dear brothers and sisters: Today we are living in a world which is growing ever “smaller” and where, as a result, it would seem to be easier for all of us to be neighbors. Development in travel and communications technology is bringing us closer together and making us more connected even as globalization makes us increasingly interdependent. (…)
In a world like this, media can help us to feel closer to one another, creating a sense of the unity of the human family which can in turn inspire solidarity and serious efforts to ensure a more dignified life for all. Good communication helps us to grow closer, to know one another better and ultimately to grow in unity. (…)
How, then can communication be at the service of an authentic culture of encounter? What does it mean for us, as disciples of the Lord, to encounter others in the light of the Gospel? … How can we be “neighborly” in our use of the communications media and in the new environment created by digital technology? … Communications is really about realizing that we are all human beings, children of God. I like seeing this power of communication as “neighborliness”. (…)
Nowadays there is a danger that certain media so condition our responses that we fail to see our real neighbor. It is not enough to be passers-by on the digital highways simply “connected”: connections need to grow into true encounters. We cannot live apart closed in on ourselves. We need to love and to be loved. We need tenderness. Media strategies do not ensure beauty, goodness and truth in communication. The world of media also has to be concerned with humanity; it too is called to show tenderness. The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity, a network not of wires but of people. The impartiality of media is merely an appearance; only those who go out of themselves in their communication can become a true point of reference for others. Personal engagement is the basis of the trustworthiness of a communicator. Christian witness, thanks to the internet, can thereby reach the peripheries of human existence. (…)
By means of the internet the Christian message can reach “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Keeping the doors of our churches open also means keeping them open in the digital environment so that people, whatever their situation in life, can enter, and so that the Gospel can go out to reach everyone. We are called to show that the Church is the home of all. Are we capable of communicating the image of such a Church? Communication is a means of expressing the missionary vocation of the entire Church: today the social networks are one way to experience this call to discover the beauty of faith, the beauty of encountering Christ. In the area of communication too we need a Church capable of bringing warmth and of stirring hearts. (…)
We have to be able to dialogue with the men and women of today; to understand their expectations, doubts and hopes, and to bring them the Gospel, Jesus Christ himself, God incarnate, who died and rose to free us from sin and death. (…)
Let us boldly become citizens of the digital world. The Church needs to be concerned for, and present in, the world of communication in order to dialogue with people today and to help them encounter Christ. She needs to be a Church at the side of others, capable of accompanying everyone along the way. The revolution taking place in communications media and in information technologies represents a great and thrilling challenge: may we respond to that challenge with fresh energy and imagination as we seek to share with others the beauty of God.
SONG: An Easter song, a Eucharistic hymn, or another appropriate song may be sung.
JESUS MASTER WAY
Confrontation with the Word
POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART
How do we realize the apostolic command, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations …” (Mt 28:19)? Do we firmly believe in the assurance of Jesus’ abiding presence: “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of time” (Mt 28:20)? What is our response to Christ’s command to go out to the ends of the earth to be his witnesses? Do we allow ourselves to be invested with the power of the Holy Spirit for the task of witnessing, healing and evangelizing?
PRAYING WITH THE WORD
we contemplate the mystery of the ascension
of our Lord Jesus Christ into heaven.
He is present to us in a “new presence”
through the power of the Holy Spirit, the Easter gift.
Christ passed beyond our sight,
not to abandon us, but to be our hope.
Instructed by Jesus through the wisdom of the Holy Spirit,
we allow ourselves to be filled with spiritual power
for today’s task of healing and preaching.
Make us signs of the newness of life.
Help us to give glory to Jesus
by the witness of our life
and by our service to the poor and the weak.
You live and reign, forever and ever.
SONG: An Easter song, a Eucharistic hymn, or another suitable song may be sung.
Acting upon the Word
CONTEMPLATING WITH MARY THE FACE OF CHRIST: The Rosary’s Glorious Mysteries may be prayed in part or in full.
THE WAY OF SOLIDARITY: PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
Leader: With trust and confidence, let us present our petitions to our loving God who raised his Son Jesus to life, and through whom all things are renewed. Let us say to him:
(R.) LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.
1. For the Pope’s Intention for this month of May: That deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church: We pray: (R.)
2. For all missionaries that they may trust fully in the power of the glorified Lord, enthroned in heaven, and in his abiding presence. We pray: (R.)
3. That, as we celebrate the World Day of Social Communications, we may respond to Pope Francis’ appeal to “boldly become citizens of the digital world”, making use of the digital media “to dialogue with people of today and help them encounter Christ”. We pray: (R.)
4. That the Church engaged in today’s “new evangelization” may discover the power and beauty of the LECTIO DIVINA, which according to Pope Francis, is “a particular way of listening to what the Lord wishes to tell us in his Word and of letting ourselves be transformed by the Spirit”. We pray: (R.)
5. Tor the sick that they may experience the healing power of God; for those dealing with various addictions that they may be liberated; for healthcare workers and caregivers that they may be instruments of God’s compassion; for civil servants that they may promote the common good; for the youth of today that they may be good citizens of the family of nations and the family of creation; and for our beloved dead that they may share the glory of the Risen Lord, who sits at the right hand of the Father. We pray: (R.)
(Other prayers may be added.)
THE LORD’S PRAYER
ORATIO IMPETRATA TO SUBDUE THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC
you are the author of Life
and the Lord of creation.
We thank you for the wonders of our being
and the marvels of creation.
We trust in you
for your faithfulness
is our buckler and our shield.
With you the terror of the night
does not overwhelm us
nor the plague that prowls in the darkness.
We now turn to you
as the pandemic of the Corona Virus
casts it shadows of death upon us.
Deliver us from this calamity
and free us from this pestilence.
Spare us from the scourge of this disease.
Heal those who are afflicted
and welcome into your bosom the victims deceased.
Help us to work together in a concerted effort
to fight this torment.
Be near to us
and let the Spirit of life
breathe its healing comfort upon us.
Restored in your grace,
may we give you thanks and praise
in the assembly of the redeemed
as we proclaim the healing power of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ.
You live and reign, forever and ever.
FINAL SONG: An Easter song, a Eucharistic hymn or another fitting song may be sung.
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Prepared by Sr. Mary Margaret Tapang PDDM
PIAE DISCIPULAE DIVINI MAGISTRI
SISTER DISCIPLES OF THE DIVINE MASTER
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