The Feast of the Ascension is technically celebrated forty days after Easter, so it always falls on a Thursday. In recent years, in order to have more people free to celebrate this feast, the American Bishops have moved the Feast of the Ascension to the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Therefore the Holyday obligation has been transferred to the following Sunday.
May Marian Devotion
May Marian Devotion will take place on May 12. The procession begins at 6:30 p.m. As in the past, those First Communicants who are present will lead us in the Litany of Mary.
Reflection on Scripture
The first reading today is from Acts of the Apostles, chapter fifteen. The Apostles of Jesus had preached to the Jews in Jerusalem as well as the Jews of the Diaspora. St. Paul had made missionary trips and preached to the Gentiles, who were for the most part, pagans. When a Jewish male reached age 12 or 13 he would become a “son of the Law.” (Bar Mitzvah) He could understand all six hundred and thirteen laws and rituals incumbent upon an Orthodox Jew. The Gentile Christian was neither raised with or accepting of Jewish customs. Gentile Christians as well as Jewish Christians although both Christian, had difficulty not offending each other’s cultural sensitivities.
This is why the apostles called the Council of Jerusalem, so that both groups could learn to show respect to each other and feel comfortable with each other. It was determined that Gentile Christians need not become Jewish, but simply avoid causing scandal. There should be no eating of meat sacrificed to idols. Respect for Jewish tradition of sensitivity to blood. There was to be no eating of strangled animals; and no illicit marriages.
These compromises on both parts allowed for the sensitivity of each group with mutual respect.
Readings for the Feast of the Ascension
Theme: Letting go allows us to be lifted up.
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