17May Presider’s Page for 17 May (Ascension Day)

The Ascension of the Lord is celebrated today. The Church also calls this Sunday ‘World Communications Day’.
As he left his disciples, Jesus sent them out to spread the Good News. This is our task too. We ask for the grace we need.

17May 17th May. Sunday. The Ascension of the Lord

Last Will and Testament

The final paragraph of St Matthew's gospel does not describe the ascension, but reports some of our Lord's final instructions to his disciples before leaving them. Some of us may know families that became completely divided because someone hadn't decided to clearly make their will. In today's gospel, Jesus has little to say, but he is clear about what he has to say. This is in sharp contrast to the fact that, even at this last minute, some of his disciples still doubted.