Reflection on Pentecost Sunday

By Fr. Rocco Marra, IMC

Pentecost: The Eastertide, which is a week of weeks plus a day, culminates in the Solemnity of Pentecost, the 50th Day: the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is the fullness of Easter and the birth of the Church in an epiphany that completes the Sinai with the gift of the New Law, in the sign of fire and wind, written now in hearts changed from stones into hearts of flesh.

This very happy time is almost completely crossed by the month of May that the piety of the faithful consecrates to Mary.

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The ongoing Ascension

By Fr W Nkomo

By his Incarnation, Jesus Christ weds divinity to humanity. By his Ascension, he leads humanity home to God. “The Ascension,” Corbon writes, “is the decisive turning point. . . the beginning of a new time: the liturgy of the last times.” This eschatological liturgy is celebrated in its fullness by the ascended Christ “seated at the right hand” of the Father.

It is celebrated on earth in via, yet truly, in that the holy banquet in which Christ is received. An earthly liturgy that is, inseparably, remembrance of Christ’s passion and pledge of future glory. On this day of the ascension the Church celebrates humanity’s arrival to our home in heaven through Christ the head of the Church. We celebrate this special feast by partaking in the sacrament of the Eucharist “Mass” in it according to Fr Robert Imbelli “Heaven and Earth meet, constellated around the ascended Christ who brings humanity into the very heart of the Godhead.” Continue reading “The ongoing Ascension”

Reflection on the Seventh Sunday of Easter

By Fr. Rocco Marra, IMC

We are in the Novena of the Holy Spirit: On these days, it is the appropriate time to read the chapter 1 of The Acts of the Apostles, in order to enjoy the spirit of communion in preparation of Pentecost.

From verse 12 to verse 14 we read that the Apostles, with other disciples, some women and Mary, the mother of Jesus were united in prayer. This group formed the community of the first church in embryo.

This month of May, we remember Mary: she collaborated with God for the incarnation of his Son, also she received the mandate to be the mother of the new born Church, under the Cross (Jn. 19:25-27) Continue reading “Reflection on the Seventh Sunday of Easter”

The Ascension of the Lord

By Fr. Rocco Marra, IMC

Today, we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord, after forty days of Easter.

On this day, we contemplate the Glory of Christ, the Redeemer of all humanity.

The celebration of the Eucharist, every Sunday, inserts us in the life and mission of the Church, the Body of Christ, he is the head.

As people of God, every Sunday, we profess our faith saying: Continue reading “The Ascension of the Lord”