St. Vincent Ferrer on The Ascension of
After the resurrection he did not wish to
ascend to heaven immediately, but he wished to remain in the
world for forty days, that he might prove his resurrection
through many arguments, and that he might instruct and teach
the Apostles. And on the fortieth day after his resurrection
he wished to ascend to heaven. He told them that today he
wished to ascend to heaven, by which he completed the whole
work of our redemption. Hearing this, the apostles began to
weep. Christ said, "If you loved me, you would indeed be
glad, because I go to the Father," (Jn 14:28). "Lord, we
rejoice at your honour, but we are saddened, because you
leave us orphans. Because of our sadness we unable to eat.
So out of love of them Christ ate, so that they might eat.
"And eating together with them, he commanded them, that they
should not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the
promise of the Father," (Acts 1:4).
They all got up from the table and in
procession went out to the Mount of Olives according to what
Jesus said. When they had arrived on the Mount, Christ
visibly appeared to them and saluted his mother and all the
others saying that he wished to ascend to heaven to the
The Virgin Mary who sensed the presence
of the saints who were to ascend with Christ said to her son
with tears that if he pleased, she would ascend with him.
Christ drying her tears said, "Blessed Mother, you shall
remain in my place. You shall comfort my apostles. And
because of the wisdom which I shall give you, you will
destroy heresies which arise. Because of this it is said of
the Virgin Mary, "Rejoice, O Virgin Mary, you alone have
destroyed all heresies in the whole world," (Antiphon,
Little Office of the B.V.M.).
And the apostles asked that they might
ascend with him, lest he leave them orphans. He said, "Going
therefore, teach all nations; baptizing them in the name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching
them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you,"
(Mt 28:19-20). "I will not leave you orphans," (Jn 14:18), "Behold I am with you," namely in the Sacrament of the
Altar, "all days, even to the consummation of the world,"
Finally Mary Magdalen said to him, "O
Lord, I was a great baroness, and now I am a pauper.
Therefore, please, may I ascend with you." And Christ said,
"You shall be the companion of my mother." When Jesus was
raised off the ground, and began to ascend, the apostles
asked him, saying: "Lord, will you at this time restore
again the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1:6). "Lord, will you
come quickly to give the reign to Israel?" Christ responded,
"It is not for you to know the times or moments, which the
Father has put in his own power. But you shall receive the
power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be
witnesses unto me in Jerusalem," (Acts 1:7-8). When he was
already ascending, they looked up at him and said, "Lord,
give us a blessing." "And lifting up his hands, he blessed
them," (Lk 24:50), just as the priest after mass gives a
blessing to the people.