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    Saskatoon, SK
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Ascension of the Lord

The Ascension and God’s Plan for the Restoration of All Things

by Fr. James M. Donahue, C.R.

With his two brief accounts of the Ascension (in the Gospel and in Acts), Luke remains our main source of information about Jesus’ Ascension to heaven. What is striking here is that the passage speaks more about the disciples—their fears, their questions and their mission—than about Jesus himself. Throughout the resurrection narratives, Jesus has helped the disciples to understand the story of Jesus within the larger story of salvation history. Beginning with Moses and all the prophets, Jesus indicates that the messiah would not immediately be a glorious king, but on the contrary, that it was necessary that he should suffer and die before entering into his glory. In this light, the suffering and death of Jesus do not destroy the messianic credentials as the disciples had feared. Indeed, their hearts now “burn” as he opens the scriptures to them. The angels in the tomb (“Remember what he said to you…that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and crucified.”), Jesus on the road to Emmaus (“Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”), and now Jesus at the supper with all the disciples (“Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day.”)—all contain words that try to help them to understand this. This is what makes them witnesses of the resurrection and ministers of the word….they just need to wait for the outpouring of the Spirit (an allusion to the prophet Joel 3:1-5, who looks forward to the day when God will “pour out the Spirit upon all flesh”) which they will receive at Pentecost. It will be through the Spirit’s presence and power that Jesus’ commission for mission will be extended to the entire world.

 

In the last verse of the gospel, we are told that the disciples returned to “Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.” Through this verse, Luke connects the disciples with the significant figures in the infancy narratives, as well as those many who have been beneficiaries of Jesus’ ministry throughout the gospel.  Now the disciples also have come to the knowledge of salvation (Brendan Byrne, The Hospitality of God: A Reading of the Gospel of Luke, Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015: 211). It is this same knowledge of salvation in our own lives that will provide hope and confidence for the ministry that we are called to undertake today.

 

The second reading refers to God’s plan of restoring all things in Christ. God has made humans and all things in the cosmos to be united with God. The bodily resurrection of Jesus is the beginning of the completion of this plan. God has, after all, become incarnate in Jesus, and now in his bodily resurrection, Jesus takes with him the very “stuff” of creation into the life of the Trinity. This anticipates our final end and the destination of the entire cosmos.

05 – May 8, 2016

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