Bulletin Article for Ascension of Our Lord (June 2, 2019)

Hello,

The graduation season has begun. I have been to a couple of great graduation parties so far. The food has been excellent. Please continue to invite me via Facebook or the old fashioned way. We thank our seniors for the impact they have had on our church community and also the community at large. We send them with our prayers. We pray that the lessons they have learned in our community give them a solid foundation for becoming great citizens of the world, but even more so, the Kingdom of God. 

Betsy has some cool things planned for the summer so look for the bulletin for details. Thank you for your support in prayers and finances for the youth trips this summer. I know the events will be blessed times for our youth. 

This Sunday we celebrate Jesus ascension into heaven. Traditionally this has been celebrated on the Thursday between the sixth and seventh Sundays of Easter, but now many dioceses (along with ours) celebrates the Ascension on the seventh Sunday of Easter. The Thursday between the sixth and seventh Sunday of Easter is exactly 40 days after Easter. The Bible tells us that Jesus ascended 40 days after His resurrection. Hence the tradition. However, to make it easier (and so people don’t incur a mortal sin), many bishops have moved the Holy Day of Obligation of the Ascension to the following Sunday.

It is in some ways sad I suppose that Jesus ascends into heaven. He is no longer with us in His human body and form. However, He told His disciples this was a good thing. Jesus was going to go to the Father in heaven, but He will send us the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to take care of us, unify us, and to guide us to all Truth. Again, in some ways, we have the opportunity to be more intimate with Jesus than the people did 2000 years ago. In the Eucharist we take Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity, God Himself, into our bodies and the consecrated host (as all food does) becomes a part of our bodies. Jesus’ body becomes a part of our bodies. This is all part of the grand plan of the incarnation and resurrection of Jesus; that through Jesus becoming like us, we have the opportunity to become like Him. The Eucharist is a big part of this grand plan of God. This is how much He loves us and wants to be intimately close with us. What a great and loving God we have!

Take care and God bless (and don’t get sunburned),

Father Vogel 

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