A Feast in Europe
In all of Europe today is the feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius, co–patrons of Europe with Saint Benedict, Saint Catherine of Siena, Saint Birgitta of Sweden, and Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.
The Ascension of the Lord
The Gospel given us today is Saint Mark’s account of the Ascension of the Lord (Mk 16:15–20). This particular pericope is constructed like a triptych. The central panel is the radiant image of the ascended Lord Jesus, the King of Glory, seated at the right hand of the Father. “So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God” (Mk 16:19).
O Jesus, our redemption,
our love, and our desire,
God, Creator of all things,
become Man in the fullness of time.
What tender love, what pity
compelled you to bear our crimes,
to suffer a cruel death
that we, from death, might be saved?
You descended into death’s dark cavern,
and from it, brought forth captives