Ascension Thursday – B

There seems to be an air of finality in Luke’s description of the Ascension.  As they go up the mountain the disciples are still hoping for some kind of earthly kingdom.  Jesus does nothing to cherish such notions.  Instead, after briefly telling them to get out there and be witnesses to his mission, he is taken up by a cloud and removed from their sight.  Suddenly he is gone, it’s all over.  Even though Jesus promised them the Holy Spirit it still seemed like curtains.  They are not going to see him again.  In times past there was a custom of extinguishing the Paschal Candle after the gospel to signify: ‘he is gone’. Continue reading

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Sixth Sunday of Easter – A

There is a lovely story that illustrates how Jesus can be present among us. It concerns a group of salesmen attending a sales convention in Chicago.  They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night’s dinner.  In the end, it meant a mad rush to the airport and then through the airport to the gate. Not surprisingly, one of these salesmen accidentally kicked over a table full of apples.  Apples flew everywhere.  Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane, just in time. Continue reading