The AscensionThese meditations are taken from "The City of God", by Venerable Mary of Agreda (Spain) Our Lady is alleged to have appeared to Venerable Mary daily over a period of approx. 10 years, instructing her to write the story of the lives of Jesus and Mary. A condensed version of this book (4 volumes, over 1600 pages) is called "Divine Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary", and costs just $6.00. One of the best books on the Rosary that I have ever read.
While the Lord was at table with the eleven Apostles, other disciples and pious women gathered at the Cenacle to the number of 120. For He wished them to be present at His Ascension.
He said to them `My sweetest children,I am about to ascend to My Father, from whose bosom I descended in order to rescue and save men.'
In considering the loving exhortations of their Divine Master and the prospect of His leaving them, the whole congregation was moved to their inmost hearts. They longed to detain Him, although they could not, because they saw it was not befitting; words of parting rose to their lips, but they could not bring themselves to utter them; each one felt sentiments of sorrow arising amid feelings both of joy and yet also of pious regret.
He was to ascend because He had fulfilled all that had been written and prophesied concerning His coming into the world.
In order to celebrate this festive and mysterious day, Christ, Our Lord, selected as witnesses the 120 to whom He had spoken in the Cenacle.
Arriving at the highest point on Mount Olivet, His countenance beaming forth Peace and Majesty, He joined His hands and began to raise Himself from the earth to His heavenly throne.