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June 5, 2011: Ascension of the Lord

"I am with you always, to the end of the ages."

Jesus said to his disciples,
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the ages.”
(Matthew 28:19-20)

The feast of the Ascension celebrates Jesus’ return to God in heaven.
Jesus taught his disciples. Now he tells them they are to teach others. They are to teach others about Jesus. Those who wish to follow Jesus must be baptized and change their behavior according to Jesus’ teachings.

Today’s gospel should make us stop and wonder if Jesus ever left the earth. After all he said, “I am with you always.”
It is true. Jesus is with us always.
We cannot see him but He is close to you and to me. Many times we can feel lonely and perhaps friend-less.
Remember, you always have a friend in Jesus.

Action:

School is over or soon will be for many of you. Summer is a good time to pray more. No doubt you will be busy with activities and perhaps summer school.
During these weeks when life is more relaxed, spend some time with your best friend Jesus.
When you’re by yourself, talk with him. Talk with him as you would with your best friend.
After all, he is your best friend!

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