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Sunday 28th May 2017
Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Year A
Acts 1: 1-11     Ephesians 1: 17-23     Matthew 28: 16-20

 

Ascension.

Today we celebrate the Ascension, Christ’s return to the Father forty days after the resurrection.

Ascension is about completion: we ponder Christ’s fulfilling of the task given to him by the Father. He has made known to us the magnificence of our God and has redeemed us by his dying and rising. His mission is complete.

Ascension is about glory: we marvel at the God who was not ashamed to humble himself to be like us and to suffer the insults of our ignorance, yet who now returns to his state of glory to reign alongside the Father in heaven.

Ascension is about hope: we lose sight of Jesus as he passes through the clouds but we trust that where he has now gone, we may one day be found worthy to follow. We cling to the firm hope that he will be with us always and as head of the Church he will call us to share in his heavenly glory.

 

Our Redeemer’s visible presence has passed into the sacraments.
Pope Leo the Great on the Ascension.

 

Soar we now where Christ has led,
Following our exalted Head;
Made like him, like him we rise;
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies!
Charles Wesley.

 

 

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Scripture Reflections (below) © Peter J Harrison 2017