Posted by: livingscripture | May 28, 2017

Ascension of Jesus

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

May 28, 2017

ASCENSION OF THE LORD

 

 

WORD of the DAY 

The eleven disciples went to Galilee,  to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.  When they saw him, they worshipped, but they doubted.  Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the world.  (Matthew  28 : 16-20)

How shall I live this Word?

Today we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven.  With His death and burial, a separation occurred between Jesus and His disciples that His resurrection does not bring back.  Now He has an existence that will no longer be visible to them as it was before, but He will be present in His Church in a new way.  The Gospels express all this through His Ascension into Heaven.  We understand that when we say He rose into heaven, we know that He is speaking of a state and not of a place.  Paradise exists, but we do not have the appropriate words or images to represent it correctly.

In the Ascension, we are saying that Jesus, even as a human being, entered into the world of God.  It is of no use to stare up into the sky.  We must live in the expectancy of His return, carrying out the mission He entrusted to us by bringing His Gospel to the ends of the world and proclaiming it with our life.  He went to Heaven but without leaving the earth.  Heaven already begins on this earth when we love each other as He has loved us; when we help the needy and the weak and share with them as our sisters and brothers.  Jesus tells us He will be with us until the end of the world.  he tells us this in the moment that He is going to the Father and will no longer be visibly present.

 

The Voice of St. Leo the Great  – Ancient Church Father

 The feast of Easter of the Lord’s Resurrection was the motive of great joy for us.  Now His Ascension is the cause of ineffable joy.  Today, in fact, we remember and we celebrate the day on which our poor nature was elevated in Christ, up to the throne of the Father.

 

 

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