In his Ascension Jesus lifted our human nature above the clouds.


Sunday, 5/8/16

Today we are meant to consider Our Lord’s ascension into heaven. It was much easier for the people in Biblical times to picture it happening. In all the Bible accounts the sky was seen to be a  hard dome with the sun and stars hung from it like Christmas tree ornaments.

In Genesis the great deluge came about by God opening flood gates in the sky. Then, for his Ascension they pictured Jesus as passing out of our world trough a similar trap door. They pictured Christ’s heavenly destination as located not too far above the dome of the sky. When he passed through the clouds they thought of him as being half way there.

We children of modern science have been brought to see our universe as extending at least eight million light years beyond the farthest stars. Gladys White, a truly grand lady who passed away here last year, used to beg me not to talk about the universe’s extending beyond our imagining. It was too much for her. And it is too much for me too.

 And, if his universe is too vast for us to contemplate, we must ask how can we dare to contemplate the God who fashioned the universe!

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the works thy hand has made.
I see the stars, I hear the ocean’s thunder,  thy power throughout the universe displayed.
Then sing my soul, my Savior God to thee, How Great thou art, how great thou art!

But, let’s return to the Ascension. With this Mass  we are not just throwing him a goodbye party. More is happening than that. What is happening is that he is not alone in passing out of sight, he is taking with him the human nature he shares with us. So that with his Ascension something of you and me is now enthroned above the most distant stars.

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