resurrection-iconThe Ascension of the Lord

Intention: For all of the students who will be graduating from Lasallian schools, that they may be blessed with fulfilling futures, living their lives as instruments of God’s loving and saving presence to the world.

Today’s Gospel | 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.

From the Meditation on the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

On this day Jesus Christ left the earth and ascended into heaven, where he has fixed his dwelling forever. On this day his sacred humanity received the adoration of all the angels and all the just who entered heaven with him to take possession of their eternal happiness.

With all the saints, adore this sacred humanity, to whom all power has been given in heaven and on earth.  Unite with all the saints to acknowledge and to honor this humanity as it deserves.

Look upon the humanity of Jesus as being the One in whom, as Saint Paul says, are all the treasures of God’s wisdom and knowledge.  From his humanity our Savior draws, as from their source, all the graces that he pours out on those who by their good works and by their prayers make themselves worthy to share in them.

Prayer

Eternal Father, your Son’s commission to his disciples was to proclaim his good news, so that that all people might come to know you and believe.  We pray that we might help to move our world closer to you.  Teach us to see and love each other better, to wash away selfishness and ignorance from our lives.  May we walk with one another into the light of your healing and goodness.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.  Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.