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Jesus Ascended Into Heaven Where He Is Seated At The Right Hand Of God The Father

Jesus Ascended Into Heaven Where He Is Seated At The Right Hand Of God The Father

*He Ascended Into Heaven Where He Is Seated At The Right Hand Of The Father*

_(Thursday 30th May, 2019. Read Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47, Ephesians 1:17-23 and Luke 24:46-53)_

_*“Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven.” (Luke 24:50-51)*_ 

Today makes it forty days since the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. In the course of this period, Jesus constantly appeared to the disciples to strengthen their faith, to assure them of the truth that he is the Messiah. He told them so many things and since there were much more they needed to know, He assured them of the Holy Spirit who would come to teach them everything.

Till this time, the disciples were still expecting that Jesus would take over power from the Roman authorities. They still didn’t understand that Jesus had not come to be a Political Messiah. The disciples asked him: “Will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6).

Jesus must have probably laughed at them for not having their priorities right. So he responded: It is not for you to know the times or seasons… But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be my witnesses” (Acts 1:7-8). In other words, receiving the power of the Holy Spirit and becoming witnesses for Jesus is far more important and far more precious than having to overthrow the Romans or taking seats in government.

This is the point St. Paul harps upon in the second reading. He prays that we have the spirit of Wisdom so that our eyes would be open to realising the great hope we now have courtesy of Jesus’ Ascension into heaven. By His Ascension, Christ has united our human nature with God thereby making it possible for the human species to be united with God. St. Paul refers to this as a glorious inheritance, immeasurable greatness.

By leading them up to Bethany as the Gospel of Luke presents, Jesus wanted the disciples to remember His dear friend Lazarus, to know that He has truly conquered the power of death.

Jesus then lifted up His hands to bless the disciples and as He blessed them, He was carried into heaven before their very eyes. Does it mean that Jesus is no longer with us? Of course, no. By going up to heaven, Jesus did not create a distance between Himself and humanity, rather His Ascension confirms the truth that we all have a final destination that is not here on earth. Jesus is still with us. Jesus is always with us.

In fact, We must never forget Jesus’ last words in the Gospel of Matthew: 

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Today should be a day of joy for us, a day to celebrate the final victory of life over death, a day to celebrate our firm assurance that heaven exists, that just as Christ ascended to heaven, we too shall one day depart this earth and be united with God in heaven. 

Luke concludes by saying: “The disciples returned to Jerusalem with great joy and were continually in the temple blessing God.” The disciples entered a mood of prayer in preparation for the descent of the Holy Spirit. This is exactly what we must now do as we await the Comforter, the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost from heaven.

Let Us Pray: Lord Jesus, may the celebration of your Ascension rekindle my prayer life that I may be properly prepared to receive the Holy Spirit, Amen!

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you.

Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. Year C. 

Bible Study: Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47, Ephesians 1:17-23 and Luke 24:46-53).*

Jesus Ascended Into Heaven Where He Is Seated At The Right Hand Of God The Father

Jesus Ascended Into Heaven Where He Is Seated At The Right Hand Of God The Father

*He Ascended Into Heaven Where He Is Seated At The Right Hand Of The Father*

_(Thursday 30th May, 2019. Read Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47, Ephesians 1:17-23 and Luke 24:46-53)_

_*“Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven.” (Luke 24:50-51)*_ 

Today makes it forty days since the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. In the course of this period, Jesus constantly appeared to the disciples to strengthen their faith, to assure them of the truth that he is the Messiah. He told them so many things and since there were much more they needed to know, He assured them of the Holy Spirit who would come to teach them everything.

Till this time, the disciples were still expecting that Jesus would take over power from the Roman authorities. They still didn’t understand that Jesus had not come to be a Political Messiah. The disciples asked him: “Will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6).

Jesus must have probably laughed at them for not having their priorities right. So he responded: It is not for you to know the times or seasons… But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be my witnesses” (Acts 1:7-8). In other words, receiving the power of the Holy Spirit and becoming witnesses for Jesus is far more important and far more precious than having to overthrow the Romans or taking seats in government.

This is the point St. Paul harps upon in the second reading. He prays that we have the spirit of Wisdom so that our eyes would be open to realising the great hope we now have courtesy of Jesus’ Ascension into heaven. By His Ascension, Christ has united our human nature with God thereby making it possible for the human species to be united with God. St. Paul refers to this as a glorious inheritance, immeasurable greatness.

By leading them up to Bethany as the Gospel of Luke presents, Jesus wanted the disciples to remember His dear friend Lazarus, to know that He has truly conquered the power of death.

Jesus then lifted up His hands to bless the disciples and as He blessed them, He was carried into heaven before their very eyes. Does it mean that Jesus is no longer with us? Of course, no. By going up to heaven, Jesus did not create a distance between Himself and humanity, rather His Ascension confirms the truth that we all have a final destination that is not here on earth. Jesus is still with us. Jesus is always with us.

In fact, We must never forget Jesus’ last words in the Gospel of Matthew: 

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Today should be a day of joy for us, a day to celebrate the final victory of life over death, a day to celebrate our firm assurance that heaven exists, that just as Christ ascended to heaven, we too shall one day depart this earth and be united with God in heaven. 

Luke concludes by saying: “The disciples returned to Jerusalem with great joy and were continually in the temple blessing God.” The disciples entered a mood of prayer in preparation for the descent of the Holy Spirit. This is exactly what we must now do as we await the Comforter, the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost from heaven.

Let Us Pray: Lord Jesus, may the celebration of your Ascension rekindle my prayer life that I may be properly prepared to receive the Holy Spirit, Amen!

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you.

Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. Year C. 

Bible Study: Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47, Ephesians 1:17-23 and Luke 24:46-53).*

Here Are 5 Gift Ideas For Children Who Just Received Their First Holy Communion 

Here Are 5 Gift Ideas For Children Who Just Received Their First Holy Communion 

First COMMUNION IS A DAY WORTH COMMEMORATING WITH SOMETHING SPECIAL.

BELOW ARE FIVE GIFT IDEAS FOR COMMUNION:

1.) The Action Bible: explained by a Marvel and DC comic artist, The Action Bible brings the stories of the Bible to life in a way that is captivating to young children. Moms of boys, in particular, speak to it being a favorite and most well-used gift from their sons’ first communions. The cost is close to $16.

2.) Lego Rosary: Rosaries are well known first communion gifts because they are so clearly necessary for the situation. The only issue is many Catholic children already have more than one rosary. A fun option they are less likely to already own is the Lego Rosary ($23). Gift givers can go the extra mile by having it blessed before it is given to the first communicant.

3.) MagnifiKid Subscription: Here’s a truism about kids: They love getting mail. MagnifiKid is a great monthly publication that involves comics, coloring pages, and other activities that invite children into a greater comprehension of their faith. At around $35 for a yearly subscription, it is an economical gift that serves as a monthly reminder of the life first communicants are more fully embracing.

4.) Nativity Pieces: Many families gift their children with a few nativity pieces for every sacrament so that by adulthood they will have a full set that has been with them since the starting. Prices vary on nativity pieces, but even buying from a more costly set piecemeal makes this gift recommendation an affordable option that can be built on for years to come.

5.) Personalized Religious Gifts: Anything personalized with the child’s name and date of their first communion is a wonderful way to commemorate the day, as is a patron saint medal. Popular choices of personalized items include Bibles, keepsake boxes, jewelry, bookmarks, and picture frames while popular patron saint medals include St. Michael, St. Christopher, and the Children’s Four-Way Medal.

First communion is a big day. Celebrating the sacrament with family, friends, cake, and gifts is all part of a special time in children’s lives. Gifts that speak to their specific engagement with the sacrament will be the most meaningful and loved, but after the sacrament itself, just being there and sharing in the moment is the best gift a child can receive.

List Of Popes (33 A.D – 2013)

List Of Popes (33 A.D – 2013)

 
List of POPES (33 A.D. – 2013).

1. St. Peter (33-67).

2. St. Linus (67-76)

3. St. Anacletus (Cletus) (76-88)

4. St. Clement I (88-97)

5. St. Evaristus (97-105)

6. St. Alexander I (105-115)

7. St. Sixtus I (115-125)

8. St. Telesphorus (125-136)

9. St. Hyginus (136-140)

10. St. Pius I (140-155)

11. St. Anicetus (155-166)

12. St. Soter (166-175)

13. St. Eleutherius (175-189)

14. St. Victor I (189-199)

15. St. Zephyrinus (199-217)

16. St. Callistus I (217-222).

*Callistus and the following three popes were opposed by St. Hippolytus, antipope (217-236).

17. St. Urban I (222-230)

18. St. Pontain (230-235)

19. St. Anterus (235-236)

20. St. Fabian (236-250)

21. St. Cornelius (251-253)

*Opposed by Novatian, antipope (251).

22. St. Lucius I (253-254)

23. St. Stephen I (254-257)

24. St. Sixtus II (257-258)

25. St. Dionysius (260-268)

26. St. Felix I (269-274)

27. St. Eutychian (275-283)

28. St. Caius (283-296)

29. St. Marcellinus (296-304)

30. St. Marcellus I (308-309)

31. St. Eusebius (309-310)

32. St. Miltiades (311-314)

33. St. Sylvester I (314-335)

34. St. Marcus (336)

35. St. Julius I (337-352)

36. Liberius (352-366) 

*Opposed by Felix II, antipope (355-365).

37. St. Damasus I (366-84) 

*Opposed by Ursicinus, antipope (366-367).

38. St. Siricius (384-399)

39. St. Anastasius I (399-401)

40. St. Innocent I (401-417)

41. St. Zosimus (417-418)

42. St. Boniface I (418-422) 

*Opposed by Eulalius, antipope (418-419).

43. St. Celestine I (422-432)

44. St. Sixtus III (432-440)

45. St. Leo I (the Great) (440-461)

46. St. Hilarius (461-468)

47. St. Simplicius (468-483)

48. St. Felix III (II) (483-492)

49. St. Gelasius I (492-496)

50. Anastasius II (496-498)

51. St. Symmachus (498-514).

Opposed by Laurentius, antipope (498-501).

52. St. Hormisdas (514-523)

53. St. John I (523-526)

54. St. Felix IV (III) (526-530)

55. Boniface II (530-532).

Opposed by Dioscorus, antipope (530).

56. John II (533-535)

57. St. Agapetus I (535-536)

58. St. Silverius (536-537)

59. Vigilius (537-555)

60. Pelagius I (556-561)

61. John III (561-574)

62. Benedict I (575-579)

63. Pelagius II (579-590)

64. St. Gregory I (the Great) (590-604)

65. Sabinian (604-606)

66. Boniface III (607)

67. St. Boniface IV (608-615)

68. St. Deusdedit (Adeodatus I) (615-618)

69. Boniface V (619-625)

70. Honorius I (625-638)

71. Severinus (640)

72. John IV (640-642)

73. Theodore I (642-649)

74. St. Martin I (649-655)

75. St. Eugene I (655-657)

76. St. Vitalian (657-672)

77. Adeodatus II (672-676)

78. Donus (676-678)

79. St. Agatho (678-681)

80. St. Leo II (682-683)

81. St. Benedict II (684-685)

82. John V (685-686)

83. Conon (686-687)

84. St. Sergius I (687-701).

Opposed by Theodore and Paschal, antipopes (687).

85. John VI (701-705)

86. John VII (705-707)

87. Sisinnius (708)

88. Constantine (708-715)

89. St. Gregory II (715-731)

90. St. Gregory III (731-741)

91. St. Zachary (741-752).

*Stephen II followed Zachary, but because he died before being consecrated, modern lists omit him.

92. Stephen II (III) (752-757)

93. St. Paul I (757-767)

94. Stephen III (IV) (767-772).

*Opposed by Constantine II (767) and Philip (768), antipopes (767).

95. Adrian I (772-795)

96. St. Leo III (795-816)

97. Stephen IV (V) (816-817)

98. St. Paschal I (817-824)

99. Eugene II (824-827)

100. Valentine (827)

101. Gregory IV (827-844)

102. Sergius II (844-847).

*Opposed by John, antipope


103
. St. Leo IV (847-855)

104. Benedict III (855-858).

*Opposed by Anastasius, antipope (855)


105
. St. Nicholas I (the Great) (858-867)

106. Adrian II (867-872)

107. John VIII (872-882)

108. Marinus I (882-884)

109. St. Adrian III (884-885)

110. Stephen V (VI) (885-891)

111. Formosus (891-896)

112. Boniface VI (896)

113. Stephen VI (VII) (896-897)

114. Romanus (897)

115. Theodore II (897)

116. John IX (898-900)

117. Benedict IV (900-903)

118. Leo V (903).

*Opposed by Christopher, antipope (903-904).

119. Sergius III (904-911)

120. Anastasius III (911-913)

121. Lando (913-914)

122. John X (914-928)

123. Leo VI (928)

124. Stephen VIII (929-931)

125. John XI (931-935)

126. Leo VII (936-939)

127. Stephen IX (939-942)

128. Marinus II (942-946)

129. Agapetus II (946-955)

130. John XII (955-963)

131. Leo VIII (963-964)

132. Benedict V (964)

133. John XIII (965-972)

134. Benedict VI (973-974)

135. Benedict VII (974-983).

*Benedict VII and John XIV were opposed by Boniface VII, antipope (974; 984-985)


136
. John XIV (983-984)

137. John XV (985-996)

138. Gregory V (996-999).

*Opposed by John XVI, antipope (997-998)


139
. Sylvester II (999-1003)

140. John XVII (1003)

141. John XVIII (1003-1009)

142. Sergius IV (1009-1012)

143. Benedict VIII (1012-1024).

*Opposed by Gregory, antipope (1012)


144
. John XIX (1024-1032)

145. Benedict IX (1032-1045).

*He appears on this list three separate times, because he was twice deposed and restored


146
. Sylvester III (1045).

*Considered by some to be an antipope


147
. Benedict IX (1045)

148. Gregory VI (1045-1046)

149. Clement II (1046-1047)

150. Benedict IX (1047-1048)

151. Damasus II (1048)

152. St. Leo IX (1049-1054)

153. Victor II (1055-1057)

154. Stephen X (1057-1058)

155. Nicholas II (1058-61).

*Opposed by Benedict X, antipope (1058)


156
. Alexander II (1061-73).

*Opposed by Honorius II, antipope (1061-1072).

157. St. Gregory VII (1073-85) 

*Gregory and the following three popes were opposed by Guibert (“Clement III”), antipope (1080-1100).

158. Blessed Victor III (1086-1087)

159. Blessed Urban II (1088-1099)

160. Paschal II (1099-1118).

*Opposed by Theodoric (1100), Aleric (1102) and Maginulf (“Sylvester IV”, 1105-1111), antipopes.

161. Gelasius II (1118-1119)

*Opposed by Burdin (“Gregory VIII”), antipope (1118).

162. Callistus II (1119-1124)

163. Honorius II (1124-1130).

*Opposed by Celestine II, antipope (1124)


164
. Innocent II (1130-1143).

*Opposed by Anacletus II (1130-1138) and Gregory Conti (“Victor IV”) (1138), antipopes (1138).

165. Celestine II (1143-1144)

166. Lucius II (1144-1145)

167. Blessed Eugene III (1145-1153)

168. Anastasius IV (1153-1154)

169. Adrian IV (1154-1159)

170. Alexander III (1159-81).

*Opposed by Octavius (“Victor IV”) (1159-1164), Pascal III (1165-1168), Callistus III (1168-1177) and Innocent III (1178-1180), antipopes.

171. Lucius III (1181-1185)

172. Urban III (1185-1187)

173. Gregory VIII (1187)

174. Clement III (1187-1191)

175. Celestine III (1191-1198)

176. Innocent III (1198-1216)

177. Honorius III (1216-1227)

178. Gregory IX (1227-1241)

179. Celestine IV (1241)

180. Innocent IV (1243-1254)

181. Alexander IV (1254-1261)

182. Urban IV (1261-1264)

183. Clement IV (1265-1268)

184. Blessed Gregory X (1271-1276)

185. Blessed Innocent V (1276)

186. Adrian V (1276)

187. John XXI (1276-1277)

188. Nicholas III (1277-1280)

189. Martin IV (1281-1285)

190. Honorius IV (1285-1287)

191. Nicholas IV (1288-1292)

192. St. Celestine V (1294)

193. Boniface VIII (1294-1303)

194. Blessed Benedict XI (1303-1304)

195. Clement V (1305-1314)

196. John XXII (1316-1334).

*Opposed by Nicholas V, antipope (1328-1330).

197. Benedict XII (1334-1342)

198. Clement VI (1342-1352)

199. Innocent VI (1352-1362)

200. Blessed Urban V (1362-1370)

201. Gregory XI (1370-1378)

202. Urban VI (1378-1389).

*Opposed by Robert of Geneva (“Clement VII”), antipope (1378-1394).

203. Boniface IX (1389-1404).

*Opposed by Robert of Geneva (“Clement VII”) (1378-1394), Pedro de Luna (“Benedict XIII”) (1394-1417) and Baldassare Cossa (“John XXIII”) (1400-1415), antipopes.

204. Innocent VII (1404-1406).

*Opposed by Pedro de Luna (“Benedict XIII”).

(1394-1417) and Baldassare Cossa (“John XXIII”) (1400-1415), antipopes.

205. Gregory XII (1406-1415) Opposed by Pedro de Luna (“Benedict XIII”) (1394-1417), Baldassare Cossa (“John XXIII”) (1400-1415), and Pietro Philarghi (“Alexander V”) (1409-1410), antipopes


206
. Martin V (1417-1431)

207. Eugene IV (1431-1447).

*Opposed by Amadeus of Savoy (“Felix V”), antipope (1439-1449).

208. Nicholas V (1447-1455)

209. Callistus III (1455-1458)

210. Pius II (1458-1464)

211. Paul II (1464-1471)

212. Sixtus IV (1471-1484)

213. Innocent VIII (1484-1492)

214. Alexander VI (1492-1503)

215. Pius III (1503)

216. Julius II (1503-1513)

217. Leo X (1513-1521)

218. Adrian VI (1522-1523)

219. Clement VII (1523-1534)

220. Paul III (1534-1549)

221. Julius III (1550-1555)

222. Marcellus II (1555)

223. Paul IV (1555-1559)

224. Pius IV (1559-1565)

225. St. Pius V (1566-1572)

226. Gregory XIII (1572-1585)

227. Sixtus V (1585-1590)

228. Urban VII (1590)

229. Gregory XIV (1590-1591)

230. Innocent IX (1591)

231. Clement VIII (1592-1605)

232. Leo XI (1605)

233. Paul V (1605-1621)

234. Gregory XV (1621-1623)

235. Urban VIII (1623-1644)

236. Innocent X (1644-1655)

237. Alexander VII (1655-1667)

238. Clement IX (1667-1669)

239. Clement X (1670-1676)

240. Blessed Innocent XI (1676-1689)

241. Alexander VIII (1689-1691)

242. Innocent XII (1691-1700)

243. Clement XI (1700-1721)

244. Innocent XIII (1721-1724)

245. Benedict XIII (1724-1730)

246. Clement XII (1730-1740)

247. Benedict XIV (1740-1758)

248. Clement XIII (1758-1769)

249. Clement XIV (1769-1774)

250. Pius VI (1775-1799)

251. Pius VII (1800-1823)

252. Leo XII (1823-1829)

253. Pius VIII (1829-1830)

254. Gregory XVI (1831-1846)

255. Blessed Pius IX (1846-1878)

256. Leo XIII (1878-1903)

257. St. Pius X (1903-1914)

258. Benedict XV (1914-1922)

259. Pius XI (1922-1939)

260. Pius XII (1939-1958)

261. St. John XXIII (1958-1963)

262. Paul VI (1963-1978)

263. John Paul I (1978)

264  St. John Paul II (1978-2005)

265. Benedict XVI (2005-2013)

266. Francis (2013 – )

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