First Reading: Acts 1:1-11
…While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father.
“This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; for John baptised with water, but you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
‘Come follow me!’ is the cry of the almighty master echoing in my heart as I reflect on this Sundays Gospel of the Ascension of the Lord. For the second time in a few weeks our Saviour is ‘lifted up’ – firstly on the Cross on Good Friday, and now as He ascends into heaven. No longer with a crown of thorns but the Sun as His crown. No longer the splintered cross that sustains Him but the clouds of heaven. No longer supported by nails but with the earth itself as His footstool. Through His suffering, His glory has been restored. And what of us? Where are we? How are we to follow? Well we are there gazing upward. We are stood right there with the apostles, experiencing fiery wonder deep within, a wonder transforming fear and tragedy, insecurity and tension into a bright peaceful certainty that floods our hearts with the warmth and love of God. We are called to soar to the heavens as Christ did. Here, we are surrounded by challenges, darkness, and trepidation; the cross. Yet now we are also bathed in the light and hope of the glory of the Lord forever. Darkness never conquers light. Light overcomes darkness. He has won. ‘Come follow me, Alleluia!’
A Parents Perspective…
Any good Father steps back to allow his children to grow. Jesus completed His work on Earth, and now it is time for His Church to carry on that work. While He is still physically present in the Eucharist – we must become His voice, His hands, and His loving gaze. Sustained by His Body and Blood we can do this. We must be Christ to those around us, and witness to the truth and hope of Jesus Christ – Resurrected, Triumphant and Glorious. The time for us to proclaim the Good News is now, before He returns for a second and final time.
Thought for the week…
The time for us to proclaim the Good News is now.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. World without end. Amen.