“This is the night that even now, throughout the world,
sets Christian believers apart
from worldly vices and from the gloom of sin,
leading them to grace and joining them to his holy ones.
This is the night, when Christ broke the prison-bars of death
and rose victorious from the underworld.
Our birth would have been no gain, had we not been redeemed…
Most people think of the Ascension of Jesus as being a ‘departure’ moment. Jesus was here and now he is gone. We imagine Jesus going up into the clouds and the disciples waving farewell from below.
This is an unhelpful image.
It is essential that we understand what does happen and what does not happen in the Ascension event.
It would be easy to wrongly think that in his ministry showed us how to build the city of God on earth, and now he has gone and the mission is left to us.
The sun dances. The universe dances. Jesus’ death and resurrection in a small country two thousand years ago, makes Jesus’ Presence available to everyone, everywhere and for all time.
There can be no greater gift. Our hearts join in the dance of gratitude.
Thank you for your beautiful comment . I read somewhere that ‘gratitude is love acknowledged’. This seems to fit with what you wrote.