Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. In many parts of the world, this feast is celebrated on the prior Thursday, ten days before Pentecost. Bishops in various regions, however, have the prerogative to transfer the celebration to the closest Sunday and many of the bishops throughout the United States have chosen to do so.
The Ascension not only proclaims as the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles tell us that Jesus now reigns gloriously in heaven, but reminds us of his promise that he was going “to prepare a place for you, and then I shall come back to take you with me, that where I am you also may be” (John 14:2-3). The Ascension reminds us that we are sojourners here on earth; our ultimate destiny is to be with the Lord in eternal happiness!
As a child in St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Pomona, I recall the catechism question: “Why did God make you?” The answer I learned then I can still recite by heart: “God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in heaven.” How true this is!
St. Paul speaks of this same truth in his Letter to the Philippians when he proclaims “. . . our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20). God places us on earth for a purpose. We are to cherish this earth, steward it wisely and well as God’s gift to the whole human race. We are to immerse ourselves and live fully here, to cherish the beauty of the universe, to love and serve with passion and verve, to attune ourselves to the presence of the Spirit working in the stuff of daily life. But we do with the overarching perspective of knowing that this earth is passing away and that our ultimate home is with God in the glory of a “new heaven and new earth” (Revelation 21:1) the wonders of which we can only dimly imagine. On this celebration of the Ascension then, let us remember who we are, the destiny we are made for, and in view of that rededicate ourselves to living by the wisdom of Jesus Christ.
May Jesus, reigning glory, inspire us to strive for true holiness. May Mary, who herself was assumed into glory to be with her Son, pray for us!
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