The Ascension of the Lord

Clergy Corner by Fr. Theo

“He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.” The Mystery of the Ascension is in all the creeds because it proclaims some powerful truth.

First, the Ascension is about Jesus returning into the Father’s glory, and what it means for the human race. Jesus’ Ascension reminds us that now he cannot be captured by any one country. He is the Lord of all nations. He is not bound by language or culture. As the letter to the Ephesians says “He fills the universe in all its parts.” The Ascension means that Jesus is the universal Lord. Every part of the world comes within his redeeming, healing embrace.

Second, the Ascension is not just about Jesus’ absence, but about a different kind of presence; a new and spiritual presence of Christ to all through the Holy Spirit who empowers us to go and be examples of God’s love, mercy and hope. Jesus is gone from our sight but not from our life. We encounter him through our prayers, the sacraments, and the life of the Church.

Finally, the Ascension is not only about Jesus but also about us; where Jesus is now and where we hope someday to be. “I am going to prepare a place for you,” says the Lord. Although the life journey for each of us is different, our destination is the same, union with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

For some people, the journey may be short or long. It may be difficult and demanding and may bring much suffering, but we are united in knowing that we are all striving to arrive at the same destination.

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