Today’s Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is a “transitional” feast”: it is at once about letting go, and about the promise of new beginnings. One story comes to a close: the Gospel, the time in which Jesus is present and visible to the eye of the flesh. Another story begins: the Acts of the Apostles, in which the Holy Spirit is the prime mover. The principle of continuity between the two stories is the person of Jesus, who says "Remember, I am with you always, to the end of time." The difference lies in the form of his presence: from now on, the followers of Jesus discern his presence in the world not by his physical body, but through his empowering and indwelling Spirit.
"Whatever was, will be again; what has been done will be done again, and there is nothing new under the sun."
Believe it or not, that's from the Bible! In this melancholy text, the Preacher of Ecclesisastes laments the futility of life, its endless cycle of repetitions, humanity's inability to learn from its mistakes. He sounds really depressed!
A few moments ago we began our solemn liturgy of the Easter Vigil with the lucernarium a Latin word meaning the time of the lighting of the lamps and we lit the new fire and the great candle representing Christ risen among us. Our liturgy tonight is filled with the symbolism of light overcoming the darkness. In our opening prayer we asked that “the light of Christ rising in glory dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.” As the Paschal candle was processed through the community its great light was shared and the church moved from darkness into the light of our faith, our belief that Jesus Christ is “the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega. All time belongs to him and all the ages.
Once upon a time, a small, oppressed people gathered together to share a meal. Called together by Moses and Aaron, they heard of God's plan to set them free from their slavery in the land of Egypt. Invited to leave behind the pain of their past, they re-embraced their true identity as God's Cho
Nothing can ever separate us from the love of Christ
Fr. Raymond LafontaineFebruary 21, 2016
Have you ever had an experience in your life that was so wonderful, you didn’t want it to ever end? Often, they are very short-lived experiences – a beautiful sunset, the feeling of connection with a friend, the ecstasy of falling in love, an exceptionally fine glass of wine, a beautiful dream f
Lent begins – as it does each year – with the familiar story of the temptations of Jesus. Because we have heard it so often, we can easily dismiss it as “same old, same old.” We hear the words, but miss the meaning; we don’t allow them to really challenge us … and thereby, heal us.
Three mysteries mark this holy day: today the star leads the Magi to the infant Christ; today Christ wills to be baptized by John in the river Jordan to bring us salvation; today water is changed into wine for the wedding feast.