Saturday, 15 May 2010

The Ascension

Here in Ireland the Solemnity of the Ascension is moved to the Sunday, which means that we the gospel reading is from Luke 24:46-53 (where in places where the ascension is not moved it is John 17:2-26). We did a bit of Lectio Divina on this text during our chapter meeting of Young Lay Dominicans on Tuesday, and what particularly stood out for me is "that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in [Jesus'] name to all nations" (Luke 24:47 RSV)

A priest said recently to me that he was so amazed how many people doubt that God would forgive them their sins, yet it is the central message of our faith! God came even down from Heaven to become man in order to make the perfect sacrifice which was needed. So God invites us back into communion, the gift is there and as such maybe it is really needed that this message is preached!

I must apology though, because I will not write more of a reflection but get back to the books as we are in the middle of the exam week. We had one exam this morning (Saturday), Moral Philosophy, and have Metaphysics on Tuesday.

Maybe you can keep our exams in your prayers! Metaphysics on Tuesday, Medieval Philosophy on Friday and then Logic on Monday week...

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