The Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ.

Short Meditations from Easter to the Ascension.


These Meditations are intended as a companion series to those already published on the Sacred Passion of Our Lord.  The one subject, no less than the other, is full of consolation and encouragement — the Passion pointing us rather to the joy of being freed from the burden of sin, the Resurrection to the further happiness of being heirs to the glory of heaven.  For, as Christ “died for our sins, so He rose again for our justification and His work was not complete until He had not only risen again, but ascended to heaven to prepare a place for us."

It is the hope of the author of these short meditations that they may help those who read them to rejoice with Jesus Christ in His glorious Resurrection and Ascension into heaven.

The numbers in the titles are for the day of Easter. So Low Sunday is number 8 (Easter was day 1).

31 — The Appearance of Jesus in Galilee.

May 14, 2017

The Appearance of Jesus in Galilee. Read St. Matt, xxviii.  16-18. [16] And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. [17] And seeing him they adored: but some doubted. [18] And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.…

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Raphael's painting of Our Lord giving the charge to St. Peter to feed His sheep

29 — The Questioning of St. Peter.

May 13, 2017

The Questioning of St. Peter. Read St. John xxi.  15-17. [15] When therefore they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter: Simon son of John, lovest thou me more than these? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs. [16] He saith to him…

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van der Elburcht's painting of Jesus telling the Apostles to let down their nets for a catch (the draught of fishes)

28 — The Easter Banquet.

May 12, 2017

The Easter Banquet. Read St. John xxi.  9-13. [9] As soon then as they came to land, they saw hot coals lying, and a fish laid thereon, and bread. [10] Jesus saith to them: Bring hither of the fishes which you have now caught. [11] Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land,…

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Ricci's painting of Peter hastening to Jesus on the lake after fishing all night

27 — St. Peter Hastens to Jesus.

May 11, 2017

St. Peter Hastens to Jesus. Read St. John xxi.  7. [7] That disciple therefore whom Jesus loved, said to Peter: It is the Lord. Simon Peter, when he heard that it was the Lord, girt his coat about him, (for he was naked,) and cast himself into the sea. 1.  When St. John’s instinct of…

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duccio's painting of the scene on Lake Tiberias, the apostles in the boat can hardly lift nets out while Peter is out of the boat on his way to Jesus

26 — The Appearance of Jesus at the Lake

May 10, 2017

The Appearance of Jesus at the Lake Read St. John xxi.  4-6. [4] But when the morning was come, Jesus stood on the shore: yet the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. [5] Jesus therefore said to them: Children, have you any meat? They answered him: No. [6] He saith to them: Cast the…

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25. — The Fishing of the Apostles.

May 9, 2017

The Fishing of the Apostles. Read St. John xxi.  1-4. [1] After this, Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. And he shewed himself after this manner. [2] There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas, who is called Didymus, and Nathanael, who was of Cana of Galilee, and the sons…

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11th Day — The Incarnation.

May 8, 2017

The Incarnation. The Word was made Flesh. (St.  John i.  14.) 1.  God would not take flesh in Mary’s womb without her consent.  The Angel, after giving his message, awaited her reply.  No false humility prevented Mary from obeying the mandate: no self-consciousness made her shrink back.  In words which are a model of obedience…

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24.— St. Thomas’s Profession of Faith.

May 8, 2017

St.  Thomas’s Profession of Faith. Read St. John xx.  28-30. [28] Thomas answered, and said to him: My Lord, and my God. [29] Jesus saith to him: Because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed. [30] Many other signs also did Jesus in the…

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23. — The Second Appearance of Jesus to the assembled Apostles.

May 7, 2017

The Second Appearance of Jesus to the assembled Apostles. Read St. John xx.  24-29. [24] Now Thomas, one of the twelve, who is called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. [25] The other disciples therefore said to him: We have seen the Lord. But he said to them: Except I shall see in…

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22. — The Powers bestowed on the Apostles.

May 6, 2017

The Powers bestowed on the Apostles. Read St. John xx.  23. [23] Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained. 1.  Jesus now proceeded to bestow upon the apostles first the power to be apostles and then priests, and the privilege of offering the Holy…

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