Gone But Still Here

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

—Mt 28:18 (NRSVCE)


“The Gospel today was a little weird, sister. Maybe it was a different translation or something,” Sr. Charity said.

“What was weird about it?” Sr. Albertina asked.

“Jesus said He’d be with us until the end of the age,” Sr.Charity replied.

“But then He ascended to heaven,” she continued. “How can He go to heaven and still be here on Earth with us?”

“Your answer was in Sunday’s mass too,” Sr. Albertina said. “It’s the Blessed Sacrament!”

“Hmmm,” Sr. Charity said. “That explains something else I didn’t understand!”

“What’s that?” Sr. Albertina asked.

“In the beginning of Matthew’s Gospel, there is a virgin with a son named ‘Emmanuel’ (Mt 1:23),” she reflected. “Emmanuel means ‘God is with us.’”

Sr. Charity continued, “Knowing that the Blessed Sacrament is the real presence of Jesus means Emmanuel will be with us as long as Christ’s Church is here on Earth!”

The nuns enjoyed a big laugh, knowing that Jesus always tells the truth. Even when we can’t figure out how He does something. Jesus is forever “the way, the truth, and the life!” (Jn 14:6)

… or as our two, favorite sisters say, “It’s a God thing, y’all!”


As the Church teaches, the Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. It is the real presence of Christ, body and blood, soul and divinity, with us everyday. It is our daily bread.

Of course, you should always pay attention in mass, but our minds do wander. We all do it. So try very hard to focus carefully when you stand to hear the Gospel reading. When we listen to the Gospel, we are hearing directly from Jesus.


That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it!

Vivat Jesus!


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