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7th Sunday Easter – Ascension
Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
When Jesus ascended, the church was empowered to accomplish its mission. In Ephesians 1:22-23, writing about Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, Paul said, “[God the Father] put everything under His feet and appointed Him as head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of the One who fills all things in every way.”
May – dedicated to Our Blessed Mother
The month of May, is dedicated to our Mother Mary and is included in the Easter season. The Blessed Virgin was there, cooperating and consenting as salvation was won for us: on Calvary Christ made her our mother in the realm of grace. She witnessed the Blood and Water flow, the fountain of sacramental life in the Church. She alone was absolutely certain that Christ would rise again, because He had said so. And she is the most perfect fruit of the Paschal Mystery and the most perfect daughter of God.
The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of the Church and therefore the example, a guide and an inspiration to everyone who seeks to be the servant of God and man and the obedient agent of the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, as Pope Leo XIII reminded us, is the soul of the Church: All the activity and service of the members of the Church, beginning with the supreme participation of the Blessed Mother in the work of the Church, is vivified by the Holy Spirit as the body, in all its activities, is vivified by its soul.
During this month of May, we are encouraged to turn to her and ask her intercession with the Sacred Heart of her Son. We are also encouraged to do this by means of the Rosary, especially the family Rosary.