Tomorrow will be the Ascension of the Lord. This is a very special day in the Church as it is the day that Jesus left his disciples on Earth and went to join his Father in Heaven. Jesus was with the disciples on the Mount of Olives and he made his promise to the disciples that they would soon receive the Holy Spirit, and asked them to remain in Jerusalem until the Spirit had come. As he blessed them he began to ascend into heaven to take his seat at the right hand of God.
There are four very important lessons that we need to remember from this most special day:
- Jesus is Lord in heaven, but he is also Lord in our hearts. Even though he is no longer on Earth, he will be with us forever; in our hearts, in our minds and in our actions.
- We do not have to be afraid of Jesus leaving us because Jesus has gone ahead to prepare a place for us in heaven with those who love God. All of our friends and family members that have gone before us up to Heaven have met Jesus and one day so will we.
- We know and feel real things we cannot see, like our parents’ and friends’ love. Just because something isn’t visible doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. We can’t see Jesus or God but we know they exist and we can grow closer to them through prayer.
- The disciples needed to say goodbye to Jesus, and as Jesus left them, they turned to be closer to each other, to learn more about Jesus and to let others know about the Jesus who awaits them in heaven. That is exactly what we need to do. When things seem to be hopeless we need to join together and provide support to the people we love.
It would be great if the children could participate in mass tomorrow to mark this very special occasion. There is a link below to celebrate with Fr. Anton from the Oratory. This is a Mass for children and will go live tomorrow (Thursday 21 May 2020) at 9:00am https://t.co/NToPC7gr41?amp=1
Keep praying and if you are looking for some new resources to help with prayers and meditation there are some extra resources below.
All the staff at All Souls’ xx
Christian Meditation: The Catholic Children’s Society in collaboration with the World Community for Christian Meditation have a YouTube channel. New meditations are posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for children and every Thursday for young people. https://www.bdes.org.uk/resources-for-prayer-and-learning.html
Novena to the Holy Spirit: It would be lovely if all families could try to say a Novena starting tomorrow and leading up to the celebration of Pentecost: the birthday of the Church. https://www.bdes.org.uk/resources-for-prayer-and-learning.html
This week’s Mass for the Sick and their families, NHS Front Line Workers and those working in Social Care will be celebrated by Bishop Mark Davies at Shrewsbury Cathedral at 7:00 on Thursday 21 May. https://t.co/7GVCZU1Pmf?amp=1
CAFOD continue to update their resources for schools and homes. Their new focus is ‘Make this a summer of hope.’ On Thursday 18 June they are holding a National School Assembly on the theme of hope.