Today we celebrate Christ’s ascension into heaven and his commissioning of the disciples to carry on his mission in the world. First, we hear Luke’s description of those events in the opening verses of the Acts of the Apostles. Next, we hear words of encouragement and guidance from the Letter to the Ephesians. Finally, we hear Mark’s account of the Ascension, foretelling the mighty words and acts the Christian community would do in Jesus’ name.
Together these scriptures give us a vision of the mission of the church of Jesus Christ—a mission statement of sorts. Like mission statements in our parishes and corporations, this mission statement can help us set priorities and focus our activities. It can guide and support us as we strive to continue Christ’s messianic mission on earth.BACK TO LIST