“Going therefore, teach ye all nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you,” St. Matt, xxviii. 19.
Meanwhile, a large crowd of Jews has collected round the mysterious Cenacle. Not only has the mighty wind excited their curiosity, but, moreover, that same divine Spirit, Who is working such wonders upon the holy assembly within, is impelling them to visit the House, wherein is the new-born Church of Christ. They clamour for the Apostles, and these are burning with zeal to begin their work: so, too, are all. At once, then, the crowd sees these men standing in its midst, and relating the prodigy that has been wrought by the God of Israel.
The ascension which we celebrate on May 12 this year, calculates as forty days after Easter and concludes the visible permanence of God amongst men. It is a prelude to Pentecost and marks the beginning of the Church's history. This episode in history is described by the Gospels of S. Mark and S. Luke and in the Acts of the Apostles. Until 1977 in Italy it was also a public holiday.
Over the next few days we will encounter the Word of God in many ways, I would like you to hear the voice of the Word, to encounter its face, to be at ease with the Word and to proceed forward with that Word in your heart. One of the abhorrent aspects of our modern … Continue reading Jesus The Word of God made Flesh: Envelop and Mirror the Word.
When St. John had completed his supplemental Gospel, he wrote these words: “There are also many other things which Jesus did, which, if they were written every one, the world itself, I think, would not be able to contain the books that should be written’ (John xxi. 25). The Rev. Mr. Beecher has made the following reflection on this saying of the Apostle: ‘These words,’ he says, ‘affect me more profoundly than when I think of the destruction of the Alexandrian Library, or the perishing of Grecian art in Athens or Byzantium. The leaving out of these things from the New Testament, though divinely wise, seems, to my yearning, not so much the un-accomplishment of noble things, as the destruction of great treasures, which had already had oral life, but failed of incarnation in literature.’ This is certainly a most true and natural thought, and may to some extent be shared by all. But a Catholic knows that there are words of Jesus Christ, not written in the New Testament, yet not therefore lost; for they were incarnate in Traditions which subsist to this day, and will subsist while the world lasts.
"And it seems to me that these words become like a mirror to the persons singing them, so that he might perceive himself and the emotions of his soul, and thus affected, he might recite them. For in fact he who hears the one reading receives the song that is recited as being about him, … Continue reading Athanasius to Marcellinus – on the Interpretation of the Psalms