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Friday, May 14, 2010

Ascension of our Lord! - Letting go

Last week's homily is in the library >>>

The Scriptures for this Sunday, the Ascension are available at the USCCB>>>

I have presiding at the Saturday 4:00pm and the Sunday 12:30pm Masses

This Solemnity of the Ascension confronts the Christian and the community with the in between time and the patient virtue of "putting it down gently". I believe in our personal lives we might have the most vivid experience of this Christian virtue is what we call "anticipatory grief".

Although this feast shows Jesus rising up into the clouds, I am thinking of his agony in the garden...the long, slow, painful, process of getting used to the idea, a frightening idea.

Letting go of life as we have known it. That is the message of the Ascension, I think. It is something that the Church proposes but never gets used to. Letting go of this thing to make room for the next thing that life and reality have to present to you.

What do you think


Anonymous said...

I have always associated a certain sadness with the Ascension also. All of Jesus's friends watched Him go and what emptiness they must have experienced in their lives until Pentecost! It must have been extremely difficult to go on with their lives afterwards. lr

Anonymous said...

When we are in the middle of some personal tragedy and we are able to give our pain to the Lord, there is a tremendous peaceful feeling of ascending with Him to his secret place, where strenght and peace is giving to us to continue accepting his will. P.

Anonymous said...

I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around this one; I don't quite understand what Jesus' passion has to do with His Ascension? I'll have to listen to the homily since you did not have the 9:30Mass (again):) lr