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The Day of the Lord
Jesus rose from the dead “on the first day of the week” (Mt 28:1; Mk 16:2; Lk 24:1; Jn 20:1). Because it is the “first day,” the day of Christ’s Resurrection recalls the first creation. Because it is the “eight day” following the Sabbath (Mk 16:1; Mt 28:1), it symbolizes the new creation ushered in by Christ’s resurrection. For Christians it has become the first of all days, the first of all feasts, the Lord’s Day – Sunday: St. Justin wrote: “We all gather on the day of the sun, for it is the first day (after the Jewish Sabbath, but also the first day) when God, separating matter from darkness, made the world; and on this same day Jesus Christ our Savior rose from the dead” (CCC:2174). St. Ignatius of Antioch wrote: “Those who lived according to the old order of things have come to a new hope, no longer keeping the Sabbath, but the Lord’s Day, in which our life is blessed by him and by his death” (CCC:2175). “Sunday worship fulfills the moral command of the Old Covenant, taking up its rhythm and spirit in the weekly celebration of the Creator and Redeemer of his people” (CCC: 1276).
The Return of Jesus
The Bible tells us that Jesus will return to us again some day, in the same way as He left us, in a cloud of glory. He will come as a Savior to raise the dead to life, and to gather up all of God’s children to be with Him in heaven forever (Mt 24:29-31: Jn 14:1-3; Jn 11:23-27).
Jesus will return as a great King and Warrior, in glory and splendor. He will defeat the devil forever, and He will judge all people. We do not know when this will happen, but it is important that we prepare for His coming and honor Him by obeying Him and our parents, by praying to God and by loving other people (Mt 26:31-46; Acts 1:9-11; Rev 1:7-8).
Ten days later after the Ascension of the Lord, Mother Mary, the apostles, and the other disciples were gathered together in one room. Suddenly, they heard the sound of a mighty wind that shook the room. Flames that looked like tongues of fire appeared over their heads. This was the Holy Spirit, the Comforter that Jesus had told them about!
In a very special way, the Holy Spirit, who is the Fire of God and the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, had come to live in the hearts of His people. Those who believed that Jesus was the Son of God received this gift of the Holy Spirit on the feast of Pentecost.
The Ascension of the Lord
Fr. Robert Barron on Why the Ascension of Jesus MattersUploaded on Jun 21, 2011
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For 40 days after His Resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples. Then He asked His apostles to follow him to a hillside outside Jerusalem. When they arrived there, Jesus told them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, of all people who speak in every language, all over the world. Tell them that I died for them and arose from the dead to save them from their sins, so they can live forever in heaven with Me.
The Road to Emmaus
On the Sunday of the Resurrection, two disciples were walking from Jerusalem to a village name Emmaus. These men had not seen the risen Jesus, and as far as they knew, Jesus was dead. They were very sad and could not understand why Jesus had to die.
Jesus walked up to them and started talking with them, but they did not recognize Him. They told Him that they had heard that Jesus had risen from the dead, but that none of it made any sense to them. Jesus said, “How foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe!” He explained that the Scriptures had foretold that the Messiah, or Christ, had to suffer these things and enter into His glory. Then, beginning with Moses and the other prophets, Jesus told the two men about all the prophecies that spoke of Him.
Jesus Appear to His Disciples
On the evening of the Resurrection, the apostles were gathered in the upper room. The doors were locked for fear of the Jews, when suddenly, Jesus came and stood among them. “Peace be with you!” He said. He showed them His hands and His side. Then He said, “As the Father has sent Me, so I now send you.”
Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you shall forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you shall hold back, they are held back.”
Jesus Meets Mary Magdalene
The women were excited and ran to tell the disciples the news, but Mary Magdalene was still very sad, and she stayed outside the tomb weeping and mourning for her Lord. She loved Jesus very much and had suffered greatly when she saw Him die on the cross. She turned around and saw a man standing near her. “Woman,’ He said, “why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?” Thinking He was the gardener, Mary replied, “Sir, if you carried my Lord away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” The man was Jesus.
Jesus Rises from the Dead!
Very early in the morning on the first day of the week, the earth began to quake. An angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled away the stone from the tomb. Suddenly, in a burst of great light, Jesus arose from the dead! He shined brighter than the sun rising after a dark night. The soldiers cried out and ran away in fear.
Just after sunrise that morning, Mary Magdalene and some women went out to the place where they buried Jesus, so they could finish anointing Jesus’ body with oil.
Jesus is Buried
A wealthy man named Joseph of Arimathea, a secret disciple of Jesus, asked Pilate for permission to remove the body of Jesus from the cross. Pilate gave him permission, so he and some of the disciples took Jesus’ body down from the cross. Mother Mary felt great sorrow as she held Jesus in her arms one last time. Then Mary and some women and some other disciples, including a man named Nicodemus, prepared Jesus’ body for burial. They cleaned it and wrapped it in clean linen and sweet spices. However, they did not have time to anoint his body with oil. They buried Jesus in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea which had just been carved in a rock. The Joseph rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb and all the disciples departed. However, Mary Magdalene and another Mary remained there, facing the tomb.