Sancta Maria Catholic Parish  

Letter from Fr Peter 22 May 2020_ 

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NZ Bishops letter to parishes Level 2

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Reflection for Ascension Sunday 

One way of understanding the Ascension of the Lord is to consider it as his last appearance to the disciples after his Resurrection.  He had appeared at different times and different places over a period of about fifty days and then He appeared no more.  He no longer appears to us as He appeared to them.  But He remains present active and alive.

This awareness of the presence of the Risen Lord among us is a great consolation.  We are not alone.  We are not abandoned.  Our Redeemer lives.  Our faith reminds us that He is with us, walking beside us, encouraging, helping and sustaining us.  There is that very special presence and visibility in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist but there is also that presence in others:
“for Christ plays in ten thousand places, lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not His, to the Father through the features of men’s faces”  (Hopkins).

Fr Barry Malone SM