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Ascension

Waiting in Jerusalem To Be Baptized By the Holy Spirit

 

“It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. (Acts 1:7-9)

Ascension of Jesus (Rosary Basilica Lourdes)

 

JOHN PAUL II

GENERAL AUDIENCE

 May 2000

The Ascension, then, is a Trinitarian epiphany which indicates the goal to which personal and universal history is hastening. Even if our mortal body dissolves into the dust of the earth, our whole redeemed self is directed on high to God, following Christ as our guide.

Sustained by this joyful certainty, we turn to the mystery of God the Father, the Son and the Spirit, which is revealed in the glorious Cross of the risen Christ, with the adoring prayer of Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity:

“O my God, Trinity whom I adore, help me to forget myself entirely that I may be established in you as still and peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity… Give peace to my soul; make it your heaven, your beloved dwelling and your resting place… O my Three, my All, my Beatitude, infinite Solitude, Immensity in which I lose myself, I surrender myself to you …, until I depart to contemplate in your light the abyss of your greatness” (Prayer to the Blessed Trinity, 21 November 1904).