Friends, this Ascension has three beautiful and extremely important messages…
Friends, this Ascension has three beautiful and extremely important messages: about Christmas and the Ascension, about the mission of every baptized Christian, and about the joy of living in Christ. Why is this so important? Because it reveals our truest identity our truest self and fills us with a joy that no one can take away.
In today's Gospel, Jesus gives this mission to all the believers: "Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” This mission is not given to a select few but to all believers. To be a Christian is to be a proclaimer and an evangelizer. We are being commissioned to go forth and proclaim the Gospel of life and love, of hope and peace, by the witness of our lives.
So, Christmas, Jesus brings God down to man. By Ascension he brings man up to God. He entrusts us with his precious mission and identifies with us as his family.
About Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C.
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.