HOPE is the Fruit of the Second Glorious Mystery of the Rosary, the Ascension.
I love the account of the Ascension in Mark 16, because it says very bluntly that Our Lord, in His last moments to be with the Apostles corporeally before Ascending to the Right Hand of the Father, basically chewed them out – upbraided is the word used – for their FAITHLESSNESS, their incredulity and hardness of heart.
Fact - Events - Years - UNPRECEDENTED - Fact
Yes, despite the fact that the events of the previous three years, while certainly prophesied, were UNPRECEDENTED, and despite the fact that the Apostles were all a bunch of unlettered working men with zero authority within the context of the Old Covenant Levitical paradigm, Our Lord still chewed them out for their failure to “get it”, which was NOT a function of education or even Levitical status, but of FAITH.
And then He ascended before their eyes, and even though Our Lord had just commanded them to go and do what seemed impossible in every...
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