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Ascension Thursday

The Acts of the Apostles tells us Christ continued to teach the Apostles after the Resurrection “speaking of the Kingdom of God.” They were not yet clear, however about exactly what form the Kingdom would take.

“So when they had come together, the asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority.  But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you: and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:6-8)

The Apostles were to build a Kingdom that is not of this world, one that is empowered and guided by Christ and the Holy Spirit.  Christ spent forty days between his Resurrection and his Ascension preparing these men for their mission, just as Christ had spent forty days in the desert preparing for his own.

When the time came for Christ to ascend to the Father, he gave the Apostles their final instructions.

“Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” (Mt 28:18-20)

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