The Ascension of the Lord

Before the Ascension Jesus gave the Apostles a mandate and a promise. The mandate is, “Go and make disciples of all nations…” The promise is, “I am with you always…” The Solemnity of the Ascension is a call for us to tell the world that Jesus is still with us. Two Angels told the Apostles in today’s 1st reading (Acts 1:1-11) “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, will return…”

The time between the Ascension and the Second coming is known as the “in-between-time”, or the waiting time. While we are eagerly waiting for his second coming, he has already sent us the Holy Spirit to be our guide and counselor. So, why are we still standing there gazing at the sky?... It is time to get to work. We have a mandate to fulfill, the same mandate the Apostles received two thousand years ago. People are led to the Lord by people like us who stop gazing up into the sky, instead go out and be witnesses to the Gospel by our actions. We can be witnesses right where God has placed us- in our homes, in our schools, in our work-place or in our parish community. What is so comforting is the promise of the Lord, “I will be with you until the end of times.”


Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS

Pastor, SJN