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Today’s Readings – Ascension of Our Lord (B)

Commentary on Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:17-23; Mark 16:15-20

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE ASCENSION? We have to be careful not to understand this “mystery” too literally. Jesus did not really ride up into the sky as if in a helicopter or a space shuttle. If one follows that concept through, so to speak, it is clear that this could not be so.

If Jesus really did “go up", where did he go? To heaven? And where is heaven? In the sky above Palestine? But not above New York, Beijing, New Delhi, or Rio de Janeiro? Or does heaven wrap itself round the whole world? We can begin to see how ridiculous things can get. Fundamentally, heaven is not a place at all. It is our definitive relationship with God, just as hell is the eternal severing of that relationship. … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Saturday of week 6 of Easter - First Reading

Commentary on Acts 18:23-28

Today we begin the Third, and final, Missionary Journey of Paul.

After leaving Corinth, Paul, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila, crossed over to Ephesus on the west coast of present-day Turkey. He separated from them there and went to pr … Continue

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