Ascension Day always falls on a Thursday, 40 days after Easter. That’s when Jesus’ bodily appearances after the resurrection come to an end, and he is taken up into heaven. This year, we are observing the day on Sunday, which gives us a chance to focus on its meaning in the great drama of Jesus Christ:
The Ascension of Christ – whether you understand it literally or figuratively – moves the action forward, so that the next great drama can begin:
The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit – The Birth and Growth of the Church
We are part of this continuing drama today. God’s Spirit fills us and inspires us to act in love, to seek justice, to respect the dignity of every person.
The disciples had mixed feelings about Jesus’ departure, just as all of us feel pangs of loss when someone important to us goes away. But when the Spirit filled them they became capable of great things! And so do we. JBM