Sunday 24 May 2020

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The Ascension of the Lord

Acts 1:1-11. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy; a blare of trumpets for the Lord – Psalm 46(47):2-3, 6-9. Ephesians 1:17-23. Matthew 28:16-20.

‘I am with you always.’

The Ascension of Christ is one of those mysteries that tests our rational minds. Like the Resurrection, the Ascension reveals the ability of divine power to transcend the limits of the temporal world. Moreover, both events reveal to us Jesus’ submission to the authority of the Father.

Throughout his earthly mission, Jesus pointed beyond himself to his heavenly Father. Even as he ascended to the Father’s right hand, he pointed beyond himself to the coming of the Holy Spirit. He reinforced the central message that his authority, and all authority, are the fruit of living in relationship with the Father and the Spirit, and with others.

In a world which prizes individualism, the image of the relational union of Father, Son and Spirit is a potent remedy for the culture of self-centredness and self-reliance that is found so much in our society.

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