Feast of The Ascension-Reflection

Published on May 23, 2020

Feast of The Ascension-Reflection

When Christ Jesus in the presence of his followers ascended to Heaven. The question is “Where is Heaven”? In the past we had a rather simplistic idea that earth was here and heaven was up there, somewhere above the clouds. We imagined it almost as a physical place and people often asked how could so many people fit there? As we all know the universe is huge and a mystery and all our physical travelling won’t find us heaven. Christ our God came among us in human form to show us the way to live and the way to heaven. He told his disciples to go and to bring His message to the ends of the earth. On our own we are helpless and all we can do is to live from day to day and try to survive and stay healthy. We live in a complex world sometimes great, sometimes rotten, but unable to make a huge difference in creating a better society. Christ knows of our helplessness and our frailty and he comes to our help. He came to us as one of ourselves; he came to us in human form. As a man and as one of us, he showed us the way. Not using his power as God but in a simple and ordinary way as man. Having completed his life here on earth he ascended to the father and he assured us that he was not leaving us alone, that there were many rooms in his father’s house and that he was going to prepare a place for us. He said do not let your hearts be troubles. Christ’s ascension was not just to make his appearance before God his father. The Word, never before clothed in human nature has ascended as a man and shows himself in a strange and unfamiliar fashion. He has done this on our account and in our name, so we can have life. As a member of our race he transmitted to us the glory of being children of God. So the Feast of the Ascension is a feast of great hope. We tend a garden in the hope of a harvest at a later date, so we too hope that Christ will be true to His word always telling us to grow and to blossom, ever present to us in the community, in the scriptures, in the breaking of the bread and in nature. Where two or three of us are gathered in His name, He is ever present to welcome us to His home