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Our Mission

 

BVMC is a loving Catholic Christian Community

that seeks to worship God reverently,

serve His creation faithfully

and bring the good news of the Gospel

to the community outside its doors.

Services This Week
Wednesday, Bitter Lamentations - 6:30 PM
Friday, Stations of the Cross           - 7:00 PM
Saturday, Vigil Mass of Sunday      - 5:00 PM
Sunday, Holy Mass                             - 9:00 AM
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Vigil Mass of Sunday - Saturday, 5:00 pm
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Listening to the Word
Saturday Vigil Mass - 5:00 pm

Ascension of the Lord C

Acts 1:1-11

Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9

Eph 4:1-13

Lk 24:46-53

Today’s readings describe the Ascension of the Lord Jesus His Heavenly glory after promising to send the Apostles the Holy Spirit as the source of Heavenly power and commanding them to bear witness to Him through their lives and preaching throughout the world.  But the ascended Jesus is still with us because of His promise, "I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.”  He is with us at all times and in all places, releasing a new energy upon the earth, the energy of the Holy Spirit.

 

The First Reading, taken from the Acts of the Apostles, describes the scene of Jesus’ Ascension, the promise of the Holy Spirit, instructions to the apostles to wait at Jerusalem for the power from above, and the missionary command to the apostles to bear witness to him.

 

Today's Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 47), suggests that by His Ascension, the risen Lord "mounts His throne" in glory.

 

In the Second Reading, Paul teaches us that God revealed His might in the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ and in exalting Him over all angelic forces.  Jesus remains accessible to us now in the life-giving Holy Spirit, assuring us that one day we, too, will be ascending to Heavenly glory, provided that, with His grace, we live out our Faith in Him through the mission of loving service He entrusts to us.

 

Today’s Gospel tells us that, with His return to the Father, Jesus completes His mission on earth.  But just before His Ascension, Jesus entrusted to the disciples the mission of preaching the Good News and evangelizing the whole world by bearing witness to Him through their lives. It is in His Ascension that we see Jesus entering fully into the life and glory of God. In the descriptions of Christ after His Resurrection, we are given a hint of what life will be like in Heaven. The prospect of sharing that glory should be the driving force of our lives.

 

There is a difference between preaching and proclaiming.  We preach with words, but we proclaim with our lives.  Let us ask the guidance of the Spirit of God to bear witness to Jesus by our transparent Christian lives.

 

Jesus taught us lessons of Faith, Hope, Love, forgiveness, mercy and salvation by His life and preaching and gave us the same mission to teach others.  Hence, let us learn about Jesus and His teachings through our daily study of the Bible and the teachings of the Church, experience Jesus in personal prayer, our reception of the Sacraments and our works of charity, and convey to others Jesus whom we experience with the help of the Holy Spirit.

 

We need Jesus as our source of strength and encouragement in doing His will: we will be able to overcome doubts about our Faith and baseless fears, anxiety and worries by meditating on Jesus’ Ascension and the lesson it teaches that we, too, are called to share His glory in Heaven.

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