Charity registration No. SC002876
Sunday May 13th. 2012
Thursday – Feast of the Ascension, Holy Day of Obligation
Masses:- Roy Bridge 10 a.m. Spean Bridge 7.30 p.m.
The feast of the Ascension is the completion of our Lord's
visible mission on this earth, when he returns to his Father in
The wonder of this feast is that for the very first time, our
human nature, in the person of Jesus, has been taken up into
heaven. This shows us the sacredness of our body and that
we must treat it with the greatest reverence, for, on the last
day, our body too will rise again to be joined to our soul in
Of all humanity, Our Lady is the only other person who has
been taken up body and soul into heaven. We honour this
doctrine on the feast of her Assumption. Mary was sinless, so
her body was not subjected to the corruption of the grave.
It needs no great theologian to understand that she, who is
the mother of God incarnate, would not suffer the
humiliation of the grave.
Our Lord would want his mother to be with him in heaven.
Have you ever thought what that reunion of mother and Son
in heaven must have been like?
Here was the woman who gave him his flesh and blood, who
suckled him, loved him, cared for him, who was warned by
Simeon in the temple that, because of this child, a sword of
sorrow would pierce her heart, her exile in Egypt, and finally
taking her place at the foot of the cross on Calvary.
She was devoted mother to her Son and what a reunion must
have been. For the first time Mary would have seen Jesus in
all his glory, and he would now be able to show her the
fullness of his love in return for all the love she had given
him on this earth.
Jesus, with his Apostles gathered around him ascends into heaven,
after instructing them to go out and preach to all nations baptising
them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.