What is the greatness in the creation of Human beings?
There are many things in common to our life, still we are unique.
Each person has his/ her own characteristic and uniqueness.
It starts from the details of our hair cells to our finger print; our sound to internal mechanism…
We can go to the deeper areas of a person by analysing his words and actions. This uniqueness helps Psychology and criminology in modern times a lot.
The feast of this day marks one of the most important celebrations of the Catholic Church. It is the celebration of the Blessed Sacrament and the real presence of Jesus.
The second reading from first Corinthians 11, 23- 26 is the so called oldest text on the institution of the Holy Eucharist. It describes the celebration of the “first Eucharist” by Jesus. St Paul was not there as a disciple but he might have heard about it from others.
But we hear from St Paul some actions of Jesus at the Eucharistic Table:
He took bread, he gave thanks, broke it and distributed the bread as his own Body – a series of simple but great and meaningful actions, which we follow even after 2000 years. This central action of the Eucharist has not changed, because Jesus told us “to do this in remembrance of me.”
Many of us know the following story:
St. Augustine, the great father of the church and theologian wanted to compose a book on the Trinity, but that did not make progress.
It is said that once he walked by the sea at that time and watched a little boy there. The child had dug a hole in the sand and ran with a shell in his hand again and again to the water, scooped his shell, ran back and poured the water into the hole. He repeated this again and again.
After some time, St Augustine asked him, “What are you doing?”
And the child replied, “I draw the sea into this hole!”
Augustine shook his head and said:
“You know, that’s quite impossible. You can’t fill the big, wide sea in this hole!”
“But you think you can,” replied the child, looking at the great scholar, “you think you can capture the great mystery of the Trinity with your intelligence?”
This incident gave Augustine the important realization:
God is so great and bigger than we can imagine ourselves.
There was another saint named Patrick.
During his missionary works in Ireland, he noticed that the faithful had the greatest difficulty in understanding the mystery of read more…
Certain questions come together with the feast of the Ascension of our Lord:
Where is heaven? Is it up in the clouds?
Is that above the earth’s atmosphere?
Actually, there are no concrete answers regarding it.
But most theologians believe that it is not a place, as some imagine.
It is rather a condition.
It is also interesting that one of the handbooks of dogmatic theology uses the term “exaltation” of Jesus rather than “Ascension”.
I think it makes sense and gives deeper meaning to the feast.
There are some people with great Photographic Memory. They can grasp things and recall things with in a least time. But such people are not in majority. The majority is like me and many of you:
we need repetition to understand some thing.
It is not only regarding our study matters, but even for daily handlings.
Jesus Christ is a good example of repeated teaching. Gospels prove it.