Kath Petrie, Merv Duffy SM, Catherine Gibbs, Jason McTague in conversation with John O’Connor considering the scripture readings for Sunday 29 August 2021 (22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time).
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.