This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the ascension of the Lord
In the first reading and Gospel, we hear about the journey of the risen Lord, and in the letter to the Hebrews we can clearly see the depth of Christ’s sacrifice, through which he obtained our salvation. Christ goes to the Father but does not abandon his disciples; he keeps his promise to accompany them and promises the Holy Spirit will strengthen the ministry he has called them to. On this solemnity, Christ invites us to once again celebrate God’s victory over fear and evil. How do today’s readings and the meaning of this solemnity confront the shadows in our contemporary culture, such as fear, hatred, and racism? How can our Lord’s victory overcome the presence of these shadows?