Home  |  About Us  |  Contacts  |  Products    
 News Items
 Top Stories
 News Briefs
 Vatican
 Origins
 Africa
 Headlines
 Also Featuring
 Movie Reviews
 Sunday Scripture
 CNS Blog
 Links to Clients
 Major Events
 2008 papal visit
 World Youth Day
 John Paul II
 For Clients
 Client Login
 CNS Insider
 We're also on ...
 Facebook
 Twitter
 RSS Feeds
 Top Stories
 Vatican
 Movie Reviews
 CNS Blog
.
 For More Info

 If you would like
 more information
 about Catholic
 News Service,
 please contact
 CNS at one of
 the following:
 cns@
 catholicnews.com
 or
 (202) 541-3250

.
 Copyright

 This material
 may not
 be published,
 broadcast,
 rewritten or
 otherwise
 distributed,
 except by
 linking to
 a page on
 this site.

.
  Word To Life


Sunday Scripture Readings, May 12, 2013

By Jeff Hedglen
Catholic News Service


May 12, Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Cycle C. Readings:

1) Acts 1:1-11

Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9

2) Ephesians 1:17-23 or Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23

Gospel: Luke 24:46-53

The subject of death is not something we willingly talk about. It conjures up feelings of sadness, longing for loved ones, fear of our own passing and a realization that life as we currently are living it will not continue forever.

Years ago, my former pastor posed a question to a group of people at a Bible study. He asked for a show of hands: "How many of you are looking forward to death?" Not surprisingly, just a few hands went up. In typical Father Beaumont fashion, he was incredulous, and the exhortation began.

With a power that still resonates in my soul today, he said that we should all be longing for our death, for that is the doorway to heaven. In Jesus, he explained, there is no fear of death, only hope, healing and forgiveness.

Of course, he was not saying we should hasten our death or neglect the realities of life because, after all, we are going to die some day. Rather, he was reminding us of the ultimate meaning of our belief in Jesus. Death is not the end; it is not to be feared; it is to be anticipated with hope and joy for, as the catechism says, it is why we were made.

This week's readings reveal the glorious ascension of Jesus to heaven. The reading from Hebrews seeks to dispel our fears when it says that "through the blood of Jesus we have confidence of entrance into the sanctuary by the new and living way he opened for us through the veil, that is, his flesh."

Jesus' death on the cross opens the doors of heaven for us and ushers in a whole new meaning for death.

The Gospel reveals that the disciples did not understand Jesus' death, then they rejoiced in his resurrection, then he ascended and they were once again left wondering. But that ascension is the promise. We, too, are headed where Jesus headed. Death is not the end and earth is not our eternal dwelling. It thrills me to no end that Father Beaumont has reached the goal he so fervently preached about. I, for one, cannot wait to join him.

QUESTIONS:

Who are the people you know who have joined Jesus in heaven? When you think about death, what is your first thought? Do you in any way look forward to your death?

SCRIPTURE TO BE ILLUSTRATED:

"As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven." -- Luke 24:51

END



Copyright © 2012 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The CNS Word To Life column may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed, including but not limited to such means as framing or any other digital copying or distribution method, in whole or in part without the prior written authority of Catholic News Service.

Questions about this Web site. Send to cns@catholicnews.com.
Copyright © 2013 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
CNS · 3211 Fourth St NE · Washington DC 20017 · 202.541.3250