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The Ascension of the Lord: Moving from Fear to Love

The Ascension of the Lord: Moving from Fear to Love

This Eucharistic Meditation is designed to help you spend thirty minutes to an hour in meditation and silent prayer with Jesus during Eucharistic adoration. Even if you cannot be physically present in a church or adoration chapel with the Blessed Sacrament, you can unite yourself spiritually to the Eucharist as you spend this time in prayer.

THE GRACE I SEEK: to rise above my insecurities about proclaiming the Gospel to a world so much in need of God’s love


Pause for a few moments, and allow yourself to become aware of Jesus’ gift of himself in the Eucharist. Realize that, at this very moment, the Lord of Life is gazing upon you with great love. Allow yourself to receive his loving gaze. You are his beloved child. Rest in his loving gaze.

Thank Jesus for the gift of himself in the Eucharist.

ASK FOR THE GRACE: Jesus, help me to fearlessly proclaim the Gospel to the world.


Read slowly, 3–4 times. Allow the words of Scripture to wash over your mind and heart. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you through this passage.

“‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.” (Acts 1:8–9)


Allow yourself to sit with these questions for a while, being attentive to how the Lord is speaking in your heart.

When Jesus ascended into heaven, he did not abandon us! He promised to give us his Spirit so that we could boldly share in his saving mission. How can I be more faithful in my discipleship today, asking for the grace to overcome fears that may hold me back? How might our Lord be calling me to walk by faith rather than sight to be his instrument in new ways?


Read slowly, 3–4 times. Allow these words to wash over your mind and heart. Let the Holy Spirit speak to you through this meditation.

“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.’” (Mark 16:15–16)


Jesus’ “Great Commission” is clear: go forth, preach, teach, and baptize! Ask Jesus to help you identify a place in your life—your workplace, your neighborhood, even within the walls of your home—that needs the Gospel. How can you witness to the Kingdom in that place in an authentic way? Consider in a special way the welfare of the most vulnerable—including the unborn and the elderly—who are often forgotten and yet are so close to the heart of God.

Remain in silence with the Lord. Allow him to speak in the silence, in your heart. Receive his presence. If it helps, write down what you sense the Lord communicating to you during this time of prayer.


Gladden us with holy joys, almighty God, and make us rejoice with devout thanksgiving, for the Ascension of Christ your Son is our exaltation, and, where the Head has gone before in glory, the Body is called to follow in hope. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Collect, Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord)


At every Mass, Jesus offers himself to the Father for us. We can always join our own offerings with Jesus at Mass. This Sunday, offer your desire to radiate the light of the Gospel. Ask for a deepening of the grace to be Jesus’ light for others.


Ask the Holy Spirit to help you identify one person in your life that most needs to hear the Good News of God’s love and mercy, then find a way to be a witness of his love and mercy for them, either in person or in writing.

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