Ascension of the Lord: Where did he go, and why?

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Ascension of the Lord, Year A: June 5, 2011
Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 1:17-23; Matt 28:16-20

We heard St. Paul write: May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened. And that is a good prayer on this day when we celebrate our Lord’s ascension. For it is sometimes said that we Western Christians—in comparison to our brethren who are Eastern Orthodox or Eastern Catholics—have a very impoverished understanding of what Christ’s Ascension means. In a sense, we react almost like a small child, who pouts and says, “Why did Jesus have to leave!”—without seeking to understand where he has gone and why. Or, it has been said, that we, in effect, banish him to the past, almost as if we are sealing him back in the tomb; as if he has no effect upon our lives but is simply someone locked in the past, no longer alive in the present. (more…)

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