Understanding the Ascension of Jesus

by Jimmy Akin

in Apologetics, Bible, Bible History, Liturgical Year, Podcasts, Radio Shows

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (May 25, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions:

1:29 Why is Ascension Thursday a holy day of obligation in some places and not others?

5:30 How do we know the Ascension happened on a Thursday?

7:20 When will we get our glorified bodies?

8:10 How does Jesus’ glorified body work?

9:25 Why didn’t the disciples always recognize Jesus immediately?

17:35 Why does the Gospel of Mark end the way it does? Why do Matthew and Luke end differently?

23:45 Where did the Ascension take place?

24:10 Did the disciples go to Galilee (as Matthew and Mark say) to encounter Jesus or did they see him in Jerusalem (as Luke says)?

27:20 Does only Luke mention the Ascension?

28:25 Why does Jesus tell Mary Magdalene not to touch him in relation to the Ascension?

30:30 How are Jesus’ appearances in the 40 days different than his appearances to saints? What about his appearance to St. Paul?

33:05 Why did Jesus ascend? What was the purpose of the Ascension?

36:30 Why did Jesus go *up*? Is heaven *up*? Why is God depicted as being in the sky?

44:35 How do we know Luke didn’t make up the Ascension?

48:38 Who were Luke’s sources? Did they include Peter and Paul themselves?

51:15 When did Christians start proclaiming the Ascension?

51:55 What happened with the two “men in white” at the Ascension? Who were they, and what was their message?

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Jerald Poche May 31, 2017 at 4:57 pm

wonderful that you’all continue to cover Mr. Akin’s appearances on the radio; cuz I miss sometimes due to functions where radio is inappropriate. Paxtecum jerry

Jerald Poche May 31, 2017 at 4:59 pm


Patrick June 15, 2017 at 3:09 pm

Hey Jimmy, Im excited because I get to tell you something you dont know instead of the opposite (ive learned a lot from you on Catholic Answers).
I was listening today and you gave a terrible answer to “what is usury.” You said someone commits the sin of usury when he charges excessive interest on a loan. In fact, however, someone commits the sin of usury when he makes a loan with interest that terminates in a person instead of in an object. That person has “purchased his pound of flesh” and in essence owns or has a legal right to a person. Usury is a form of slavery. This will help you tremendously: https://zippycatholic.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/usury-faq-or-money-on-the-pill/

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