As Benedict XVI wrote, it would be a mistake to interpret the Ascension as "the temporary absence of Christ from the world." Rather, "we go to heaven to the extent that we go to Jesus Christ and enter into him." Heaven is a person: "Jesus himself is what we call 'heaven'."
R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord2nd Reading:
With the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Christ's Paschal Mystery was brought to completion. It was at Pentecost when he poured his love into the hearts of his disciples by means of the Spirit.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth2nd Reading:
1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13Gospel:
As the Church celebrates Trinity Sunday we rejoice, as a Parish community, with those children who will be receiving their first Holy Communion. Surrounded by their family and friends, they approach the altar for the first time and receive their Eucharistic Lord.
R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!2nd Reading:
On this weekend we rejoice in this post-Easter expression of Eucharistic affection in order to deepen our attachment to the unique and unending Event that transforms our lives and we celebrate with great solemnity our Eucharistic faith.
R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.2nd Reading:
1 Corinthians 11:23-26Gospel:
As we return to Ordinary Time the Gospel reminds us that Jesus "resolutely took the road for Jerusalem". He uses his human freedom to follow the path that leads to death. We too are called, in our own ways, to choose to follow the Lord, even if this means suffering and death.
1 Kings 19:16,19-21Psalm:
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.2nd Reading: