by Linda Cernik, Notre Dame Associate
Why do you stand looking up at the sky? The “problem” of the Ascension is that we would like to “hang onto” Jesus as his disciples knew Him. I guess what we really need to do is appreciate that Jesus is in His rightful place “at the right hand of the Father.” From His heavenly throne Jesus unites Himself with his faithful people the Body of Christ. We shouldn’t gaze into the “sky,” our search for the Body of Christ can be found in all human problems here and now. It is in our suffering brothers and sisters that we behold the face of Jesus.
The Ascension of Jesus is the beginning of the time of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said I must go so that I can send the Holy Spirit. The Body of Christ is intertwined by the Holy Spirit who gives us the ability to love and be devoted to one another. Jesus took care of the work of human salvation. We are to harvest the fruits of human salvation by living lives of love and encouraging others to know and welcome Jesus.