When we truely awaken we will understand that: –
Life is more than we think it is
Love is more than we think it is
We are far more than we think we are…
I think today’s feast of Ascension teaches us this lesson..
From the first reading we hear, men of galilee,
why are you standing there looking at the sky?”
when we face difficult times… Why do we stand around wondering what to do? When we have the power more than we think we have….because of our lord…
In the words of ANN Hillman…
We look with uncertainty beyond the old choices for clear-cut answers to a softer, more permeable aliveness
which is every moment at the brink of death;
for something new is being born in us, if we, but let it.
We stand at a new door way,
awaiting that which comes. . .
daring to be human creatures,
vulnerable to the beauty of existence.
Learning to love.”
Dear brothers and sisters..
We are reminded today to experience the power within. The power of God which raised Jesus from the dead and to make him sit at God’s right hand. Jesus promises power to all his followers. We read from the acts of the apostles 1: 8. You will receive power when the holyspirit comes on you.
And this promise is fulfilled at our baptism. We do experience the power of Jesus dwelling in us when we read his words, when we deny ourselves, when we carry our crosses after him..
And we need to continually pray for this experience of power and to activate this power that comes from Christ…
Secondly this feast also gives us hope that oneday we too will be with him in heaven.
But in the meantime he has not left alone, he dwells within us by the power of the holyspirit. This is why Jesus says , “ I am with you till the end of time.
And our celebration of his ascension reminds us that we experience the absence of Jesus as well as his presence. But missing his physical presence we are reminded that we are not meant to find our final home in this world. Our journey continues, a journey of both joy and suffering, as was His.
Finally let us be encouraged with Jesus’ Last Supper words: ‘I will come again and take you to myself, so that where I am, you may also be’ (John 14:3)!
Let us pray that we will get to the other side of this, and rejoice together.Wish you al