Eve of the Solemnity of the Ascension
Today is the Eve of the Solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus. The Catholic Church designates certain days of the year to remember and commemorate important events in the life of the Church as well as the people who lived exemplary lives of gospel faith. They call them feast or solemnity days. I don't eat more food on the feast days or less on the solemn days but I find them to be a spiritual feast! Tomorrow the Church focuses on the Ascension of our Lord into Heaven. The 3 readings from the Bible will tell us about this important event. I find it a neat way for me to focus of things that normally I wouldn't necessarily look at, think about or offer praise to God for.
Mk 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."
So one of the very last things Jesus told his disciples before he ascended into heaven was to proclaim the gospel. From this He tells us the key to salvation: Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved. So that's why the Catholic Church and many Protestant sects believe that Baptism is meant to be regenerative.
But getting back to the Ascension, it was so important that Christ ascended so he could send us His Holy Spirit to lead us in all truth. Thank God for the Ascension. What a great and solemn day!