As lay associates, sisters and brothers of the Ireland England Province of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary, we are priviliged to be able to offer you some thoughts and reflections on our Sunday readings.  Many of our lay associates, sisters and brothers have contributed to putting together for the first time, homilies which cover every Sunday of the Liturgical year.  We hope that you will find this service to be of assistance to you in your ministry or just as an opportunity for you to reflect and to pray on the various themes that these reading have to offer us.

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9. Homilies - Feast of Ascension to Feast of Corpus Christi (May/Jun)  
Each week on a Monday, we will try to post the homily for the following w/e on this Homily Homepage.  (See previous homilies at the bottom of the page)   


The Feast of the Ascension is the culmination of the life of Jesus and brings together all the elements that marked him out as the Son of God. Jesus stopped appearing to his disciples and was not with them any more in a physical sense. But it did not mean that his mission came to an end.

Most people at the end of their earthly life make plans to put their affairs in order by making a Will. In it they make arrangements for their possessions to be shared among people they name. Jesus did not make a Will as we know it, but I think this Feast can be seen as his Will. A will is made up of four parts and He and each one of us are uniquely central in each part.

The Testator - the one who makes his will, Jesus made it by his life, His was a living Will, he said: “I come to do the will of my Father.” His possessions were not material goods but were richer than gold, all he had he gave to us, including his life.

The Beneficiaries – those who receive or inherit and what an inheritance we received? Jesus told us: “As the Father has loved me so I have loved you,” “he who believes in me shall not die but shall live forever”. “I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you”.

The Executers – those whose task it is to ensure that the terms of the Will are fulfilled. Jesus fulfilled his mission/task, he revealed the love of God for each of us, through the example of his own life, he showed us how to live, how to have faith, gave us a Creed for life that will always be relevant. Through His life, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension he gave us a roadmap and a destination, from a world of passage to a world of permanence. We are now the executers of His Will, he has asked us to be his Disciples, to continue his mission, to be his feet, his hands, his heart, his presence in this world. In todays Gospel he asks us “to go, make disciples of all nations”.

The witnesses – are there to confirm that the person who has written the will is the same person who signs it. Just as Jesus witnessed to the Father so he asks us to be his witnesses, to the ends of the earth. His ascension was a powerful witness to the eternal life promised to those who believe.

There is another part to his Will that is not found in mortal Wills and that is his promise. In different passages he says, for example, in today’s reading from Acts 11:8:

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to you”.

“You will be with me in paradise”

“Where I am you will be too”.

“Come now blessed of my father inherit the Kingdom prepared for you”.

“I have come that you will have life and have it abundantly”.  By his Resurrection and Ascension his promise was fulfilled.

”I will be with you always, yes, to the end of time.”

The Feast of the Ascension is also a reminder for all of us, not just of what awaits us when we die, but also what we need to do here and now. Before his Ascension he asked his disciples, and us too, to be his witnesses and carry out his mission to the ends of the earth. It’s a big task. To be authentic witnesses of Jesus and to others, we must try and do it by our lives and action; as he said “by this shall all know that you are my disciples, that you love one another just as I have loved you”.

This special feast is a celebration for each of us, Christ has gone before us, leading the way, His Ascension is our Ascension, He opened the way, He did it for us so that we could follow.

Is it any wonder that today’s Responsorial psalm asks us to “clap our hands, shout to God with cries of gladness”. We have a lot to celebrate, let us rejoice and be glad.


1. All homilies for Advent can be accessed by clicking here.

2. Feasts of the Holy Family to the Baptism of Jesus - Year A.

3. Homilies - 2nd Sunday in Ordinary time to 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

4. Homilies - 6th Sunday in Ordinary time to 2nd Sunday of Lent  

5. Homilies - 3rd Sunday in Ordinary time to 4th Sunday of Lent.

6. Homilies - 5th Sunday of Lent to Easter Sunday

7. Homilies - 2nd to 4th Sundays of Easter

8. Homilies - 5th & 6th Sundays of Easte

9. Homilies - Feast of Ascension to Feast of Corpus Christi (May/Jun)

Click here for HOMILIES - YEAR C