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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, April 01, 2021

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln.  …


Holy Thursday and the Last Supper provide us with a tender and complicated scene of personal relationships: an admixture of joy, melancholy, and disturbing prospects of denial and betrayal. The Sacred three days—the Triduum—conclude with the glorious Resurrection. The grand finale of the Easter Season includes the Ascension and Pentecost. But we may wonder why the Ascension of Jesus—His departure from the friends He loves and His return to the Father—is a glorious mystery of the Rosary rather than one of the most sorrowful mysteries.

Imagine a world without the Ascension, where Jesus continues to walk among us. Immediately after the Resurrection, the Apostles did not believe Jesus rose from the dead, they knew Jesus rose by their direct experience. They also knew the Resurrection validated the teachings of Jesus. But the Resurrection did not change the human condition, our sinful inclinations, family relations, and political circumstances.  …

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