From the Word of the Day
All you peoples, clap your hands; shout to God with joyful cries!
On this day in which we celebrate the Ascension into Heaven of Jesus, we close the time of the Savior’s life on earth. Today He returns to the Father who had sent Him and, in a certain sense, He brings into Heaven with Him the heart of all those who have followed Him with faith, humility, and sincerity, like His disciples. We may ask the question, how come all those who had followed Him, realizing the holiness, power, and tenderness of His divine heart, do not cry but rather return to Jerusalem full of joy?
Here is one of the most important interpretive keys of the person of Jesus, the Incarnate Word. Precisely because Faith is, above all, a gift from God in addition to being our free adhesion, these people perceive that the ascension of Jesus into Heaven is a fulfillment of the Lord’s promises.
His returning to the Father is, in fact, the anticipation of what will happen to us as well, if we believe what He has told us, “I go to prepare a place for you”. Yes, after our bodily death, we too will be with Jesus in the fullness of life, totally capable of joy, finally freed from all that was evil on earth. This fulfillment of our life experience will be for us as well full of joy if our life has been committed to living with Jesus, according to the teachings of His Gospel.
Lord, You ascended into Heaven to the joy of the whole of creation. You filled the heart of your disciples with immortal hope. Grant that we too may be faithful witnesses on the road of hope and joy so that many of our sisters and brothers who are depressed, disillusioned, and discouraged may draw hope and joy as well.
The Voice of St. John Bosco
A piece of Heaven fixes everything.