Happy Easter my friends, As we talked about last month, the Easter season does not end on Easter Sunday. It goes on for 50 more days until
As we talked about last month, the Easter season does not end on Easter Sunday. It goes on for 50 more days until we reach the feast of Pentecost on May 19. But first, on our way to Pentecost, we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord.
What is the Ascension?
The Ascension is 40 days after Easter but 10 days before Pentecost. The Ascension is a holy day, and we celebrate by participating in Mass.
Remember that on Good Friday Jesus died on the cross, but then on Easter Sunday he rose from the dead. Do you ever wonder what Jesus did during the reminder of Easter season? During the 40 days after Easter, Jesus helped his followers, also called disciples, understand what happened on Good Friday and Easter. He also gave instructions to his apostles. The apostles were 12 men who Jesus chose because they were some of his earliest and closest disciples.
Since Jesus would soon be leaving and going to heaven, this was a great opportunity for him to give the apostles responsibility to spread his message throughout the world. The apostles were to be Jesus’ witnesses, and they were told to expect God to send the Holy Spirit to help them with this task.
After Jesus was finished teaching the apostles how to continue his work, he returned to God. The word ascension means “rising to a higher level;” in this case, Jesus rising from earth to heaven. He was lifted up onto a cloud that took him from earth to heaven.
What is Pentecost?
Pentecost is the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ apostles. Just as they were told, the Holy Spirit came to them to help them. When the Holy Spirit arrived, this is when the church was first formed. Many people consider this the “birthday” of our church.
Spreading the Gospel message
You can carry on the mission of Jesus and his 12 apostles by helping to spread Jesus’ message of love to all of your family and friends. Next month, we will talk about how you can be a witness just like the apostles were asked to be.