Ascension of the Lord: Christ kicks it up a notch

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Ascension of the Lord, Year B: May 20, 2012
Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 4:1-13; Mark 16:15-20

On that first Good Friday, our Lord Jesus suffered, died upon the cross, and was buried. On the third day, that first Easter Sunday, he rose from the dead, his body transformed, the firstfruits of the Resurrection. For the next 40 days, he appeared often to his disciples, teaching them about the Kingdom of God. And then, as we heard in our first reading and our Gospel reading, he ascended into heaven.

Today we celebrate our Lord’s Ascension; and so, we might say, we celebrate his retirement. His work has been accomplished; his earthly life is done; and so it’s time to go back home and sit down and relax. It’s time to retire.

No! Christ’s Ascension was not retirement! (more…)

Uniting heaven and earth

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8th in a series of short homilies on the Mass

When we come to Mass, where are we? And who is with us? This would seem like an obvious answer, right? We are in Bethesda; and we can look around to see the others, all 15 of them. But it’s actually not that simple.

In this series of homilies, we have considered how Jesus Christ is the great, eternal high priest, bringing God and man together in a way that no one else ever could; and how he offered himself as the one perfect sacrifice, infinitely pleasing to the Father. Because of who he is—true God and true man—and because of what he is doing—saving the entire cosmos—his act of sacrifice, which certainly occurred at a particular time and place, nevertheless resides outside of time; and it is accessible from all times and all places. (more…)