The Ascension of the Lord (A) The Messiah will be a new King David and will restore the kingdom to Israel. When Jesus enters Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the people shout, "Hosanna to the son of David!" Pilate is mocking them with the inscription over Jesus' head. Then he rises from the dead with all power in Heaven and on Earth. Instead of unleashing hell on his enemies, he ascends into heaven. Why?

Jesus' kingdom is not of this world. When Jesus is in the flesh, he can only be in one place at one time. Now through the Holy Spirit he can be in all times and all places. He ascends so the Holy Spirit can descend. To find out what the coming of the Holy Spirit means, you'll need to listen next week.

(20 May 2023)

Going Deeper: Listen to the sequence for Pentecost in English or Latin and pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

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