Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters); and they called together the whole cohort. And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. And they began saluting him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him. After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Most of us are celebrating Ascension Sunday (unless you live near Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, or Omaha where the dioceses have not moved the holy day of obligation from Thursday). Ascension gets put a week before Pentecost, which is traditionally considered the birth of the Church. But I think the Ascension and the simultaneous missioning of the Apostles can also be considered the Church’s genesis. As Jesuits, we are supposed to be disposed to go at a moment’s notice wherever we are needed. This aspect of our spirituality is grounded in availability to God, a spiritual virtue we all need in our own lives.
How can you be more attuned to the call of God in your life? Where have you perhaps become deaf to God’s voice?
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, one God, for ever and ever.
—Collect prayer for the Feast of the Ascension