Feast of the Solemnity of the Ascension
Jesus showed himself to the Eleven, “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation. He who believes and is baptised will be saved; he who does not believe will be condemned…”
The feast of the Ascension seems to be more about the apostles going out than Jesus going up! As Jesus goes to his Father, the message is to take over the gospel now, and to be witnesses to him. We are to share what we have received, speak of what we have seen and heard.
WITNESSING FOR LIFE. Witnesses to a road accident can often contradict each other. They get mixed up in what they saw or heard. Or they may have only glanced at the event and moved on. We can be witnesses of Feast of Christ the KingJesus who really stayed with the event, not just with a glance. Witnessing to Jesus is for life, and involves all of life. It is to have seen and heard the best story ever told, and the most influential life ever lived.
We witness to Jesus in prayer, in reading the gospel and in service of others in love. Prayer means a time to be in touch with God who is reaching out to us all the time. The gospel is what feeds our souls and minds, a daily opening to the words and deeds of Jesus. Loving service brings us to witness in a real way the care of God as we give and receive care.
NEW PRESENCE. This is what we give to the ascended Lord and receive from him. The word of God is divine words in human words. All of our time with God is linking heaven and earth, and we are sharers in his divinity as he is in our humanity. Far from being the absence of Jesus, it is his presence in a new way among us. Lord, may your kingdom come!
Donal Neary SJ