Ascension/Mother’s Day Homily

ProLifeCorner-  We recently received this Mother’s Day homily from a good friend. He speaks of the awesomeness of mothers and their role in the family, and yet does so in a lighthearted way. And then he brings us back to the celebration of Jesus’ Ascension into heaven. Enjoy, and may our Lord richly bless all of the Mothers who give their selfless love to all their children.

Ascension/Mother’s Day Homily

Good morning!  Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord in Heaven!  On the Solemnity of the Ascension, the Church does not merely commemorate an historical event in the life of Christ. Rather, on this day, the Church celebrates Christ’s physical departure from time and space, to His glorification with God the Father in eternity.

Each and every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered daily around the world is a celebration and re-enactment of Christ’s glorification.  By glorification, I mean His life and ministry, His suffering, His death, His resurrection, AND His Ascension into heaven!

Moreover, the Ascension of Jesus into heaven is a definitive sign and symbol of His glorious Second Coming and the end of time on the last day. The Ascension is Jesus’ legacy.  But, Jesus Christ will return to the earth in the same manner as He left it. When the risen Lord returns again in glory, God’s will for mankind will be fulfilled.

The Ascension is also an impending sign of the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, which the Church will celebrate next week! Continue reading

Homily On The Happiness Of Heaven    “… He parted from them, and was carried up into heaven.”  Concert pianist and composer Paul Sullivan remembers the day he discov­ered the enchantment of music. “On a September morning when I was nine years old, I showed up for the first day of choir school in Boston. I was one of forty boys raging around the choir room, whooping it up and babbling and trying to find our assigned seats, when suddenly the choir master entered – and the room fell silent. He smiled gently at us and told us to open our hymn books to a particular page, where we found a Bach chorale. He played our starting notes quietly on the piano, paused for a moment of silence, and gave us a downbeat. What happened next changed me forever. Continue reading