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Everlasting Joy

Nothing can change what our Lord has already done. It is we who change and realign to Him. His mercy endues forever.

When our thought begin to imagine that we somehow presume to know more than we do, illusions kick in, and torment takes over, where peace once was. This is a trigger point, to keep in reference when we begin to fall back out of union with our Lord. What do I know? Is a question we should ask ourselves often. What I know, is that our Lord has promised to be with us until the end of the age. What I know, is that He doesn’t say what He doesn’t mean. Can I trust this? With my entire heart. This is not a time to rest in presumption of knowing our Lord. It is a time to delve deep into Him, spend time with Him, talk to Him, and learn to trust Him.

No matter what may come, our Lord is with us. He is with us when we freely choose to not follow Him. He is with us when we freely choose to follow Him. When we come face to face with ourselves, when we see we are no better or worse than anyone else, is when we can see the sins of all, right in the mirror as we look at ourselves. What then, shall we do at this moment? We offer to help our neighbor, not by condemning them in their sin, as our sin is no better, rather we accompany them as a friend, through their struggle with it, and try to help them to overcome it, as we have, through Christ. We do not justify the sin by continuing in it, rather, we give glory to our Lord, by acknowledging it, repenting from it, accepting our Lord forgiveness for it, and overcoming it. Never committing it again.

If since our Lord is with us, how can I justify fear of the terrible things that may come when I have ignored His call? I can not. What can be more terrible than the justice of God? Nothing. The wages of sin, is death. What can be more frightening than the justice of God? Nothing. Again, the wages of sin, is death. Notice, our Lord does not say which sins, but sin in general. Have I sinned? I know that I have. I am a sinner. Without the mercy of our Lord, the wages of my sins, have been laid out in front of me. Death.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” – If then I have received this gift from our Lord, what does this mean? I know that this gift did not come without a price. That price was the life of the One who loves with an eternal and everlasting love. The One who, as I said in the start of this post, He doesn’t say what He doesn’t mean.

This coming Sunday for some, today, we celebrate Christ’s Ascension. The Catechism states:

IN BRIEF

665 Christ’s Ascension marks the definitive entrance of Jesus’ humanity into God’s heavenly domain, whence he will come again (cf. Acts 1:11); this humanity in the meantime hides him from the eyes of men (cf. Col 3:3).

666 Jesus Christ, the head of the Church, precedes us into the Father’s glorious kingdom so that we, the members of his Body, may live in the hope of one day being with him for ever.

667 Jesus Christ, having entered the sanctuary of heaven once and for all, intercedes constantly for us as the mediator who assures us of the permanent outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

If we can not see Him, how can we then believe this? One does not need to see Him in the flesh, in order to believe. One must, however, see Him in the heart, through conviction of the Holy Spirit. That is when the fire within rages for Truth. What is Truth? “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” When the fire for Truth is ignited, one can only desire Truth. Truth about ones self. Truth about the world. Truth about sin. Truth about eternal life. In this way, we live Truth. When we freely choose to live Truthfully, there is everlasting joy which no one can ever take away. Which no one can touch. Because He is Truth itself.

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The Ascension

When I was very young, I used to dream I could fly. For most of these dreams my flying ability’s were the same. I would jump up and off I was, into the air with ease. I could only fly when no one could see me. The second someone was present, I couldn’t fly anymore.

One dream in particular was quite different. I was late for school. As I stood a cloud gathered around me and whisked me off my feet, enveloping me and placed me safely down at my school, St Maria Goretti. I was not flying by my power, nor my own energy. I had forgotten about this dream for many years and only recently remembered it.

When I pray the rosary and I am pondering The Ascension of our Lord, I am always reminded of this dream. But rather then seeing myself floating away, I can see our Lord being taken up to heaven in much the same way. All the power of Abba Father enveloping our Lord, surrounding Him and without even placing a crease in His garments, taking Him home.

The Ascension is a feast that used to be celebrated on Thursdays. At Mass one day this week, my Priest commented on why Ascension Thursday was changed to the Sunday after. He had said that most would forget that it was a Holy Day of Obligation and the church became almost empty on this day. He remarked that the church needed to move it to Sunday because so many forgot about it. I couldn’t understand this as God hasn’t forgotten about it. Our Lord ascended into Heaven 40 days after He rose from the dead. Why is it that so many can forget about this? 10 days later, He sent the Holy Spirit. Keep in mind, this is only something happening in the USA. Most of the world doesn’t forget. I highly suggest American Catholics never forget this again. I pray none of us forget.

Pope Benedict XVI on the Feast of the Ascension: “This is the mystery of the Ascension that we celebrate today. The verb ‘to lift up’ was used in the Old Testament to refer to royal enthronement. Thus, the Ascension means in the first place Jesus’ enthronement and the manifestation of God’s kingship over the world. As a result of Christ’s ascension into Heaven, humanity has entered into intimacy with God in a new and unheard-of way. Heaven does not indicate a place above the stars, but something far more daring and sublime: Man’s very being in God, this is Heaven. Thus, we enter Heaven to the extent that we draw close to Jesus and enter more fully into communion with him.

We can now understand why Luke says that, after the Ascension, the disciples returned to Jerusalem ‘with great joy’ (Lk 24:52). Their joy stems from the fact that what had happened was not really a separation: on the contrary, they were then certain that Christ was alive and enthroned, and that in him, the gates of eternal life are opened to humanity for ever. His Ascension does not imply a temporary absence from the world; rather it inaugurates the new and definitive form of his presence. That is why the Feast of the Ascension should fill us with serenity and enthusiasm, just as it did the Apostles who set out ‘with great joy’.”

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