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The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

May 12, 2013

JOY IS NOT IN THE RESULTS; RATHER, THE PROCESS

In our Gospel, we hear that, after Jesus ascended, the Apostles went to Jerusalem with joy. Joy? It is not exactly the response I would imagine after their teacher and friend left there presence.

Is it because he had already died? It is because of his blessing to them? Or is it because of his promise of the Holy Spirit that they would receive?

Could they possibly have known just how important the ascension is for our humanity? Could they have understood that our lowly humanity through Christ’s humanity has been transformed and elevated beyond the limitations of space and time?

Perhaps, yes, because of all of these things. But perhaps it is because they finally understood their own purpose. Jesus is now gone after all; and it is now up to them to proclaim his message. They seem to know that now.

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the Ascension of our Lord: (Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:17-23; Luke 24:46-53)

As referenced in the homily, linked here is the story from The Agenda about resilience and children:  http://ww3.tvo.org/video/191019/resilience-children

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