A New Year prayer from today’s first reading, set beautifully to music by John Rutter.
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.
I cannot read this without singing the words. Such a very beautiful blessing, thank you Father John.
Wishing you a very happy and blessed 2020