One of my reading highlights each month is provided by the arrival of the Traces magazine, available free online at www.tracesonline.org. This month’s cover introduces reflections on the Jubilee of Mercy which began last week with the opening of Holy Doors around the world. Read more at www.tracesonline.org.
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.