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Daily Reflection (4-23-19): Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” Mary went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and then reported what he had told her. [John 20:16-18] Mary Magdalene has just recognized Jesus, her rabbi, her teacher, in His Risen form at the tomb. Though He looks different, she recognizes Him with her heart and soul; that’s how strong is her faith. She is instructed to tell the others, just as He instructs us today – tell others! When we share our faith in Jesus Christ, we bring Him alive in the world: we bring Him alive to others. He lives in us through the Holy Eucharist: then we must share Him through our discipleship. A deeper, abiding faith – a groundbreaking faith that grows stronger when we share it. My Lord and my God, I want to know You deeper, in my heart and soul. Draw me closer to You through my prayer, my worship and my discipleship. Amen.
On Easter Sunday, we began our latest message series entitled Groundbreaking. The most groundbreaking event in history was Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. His life, death and resurrection changed everything. The resurrection proves that Jesus is who says he is and that he is the ultimate authority on life. It opened up access to a relationship with God and forgiveness of our sins and past failures. Then the Church was launched to bring this groundbreaking message to the world. In this series we will look at how Jesus’ resurrection and the early church broke new ground in the history of the world and how God desires the Church to do the same today so that just like the Acts of the Apostles, more and more people will be added to those who are being saved.
We will hear the message during the homily at Mass and continue to explore the message in our Small Groups. If you have been thinking about joining or starting a small group, this is the perfect time to do so. CLICK HERE to get more information about small groups here at Ascension. You can also sign up after Mass at the Information Booth in the Family Center.