Ascension

Ascension

Alleluia. Christ the Lord ascended into heaven : O come, let us adore him. Alleluia.

This short 10-day season of the church year known as Ascensiontide has all but disappeared. There are fewer and fewer parishes who commemorate this great Feast Day and instead transfer the Ascension to the following Sunday. So many of the faithful do not see the powerful imagery of extinguishing the Paschal Candle at the end of the reading to today’s Gospel. Why is Ascensiontide important? Because it echoes one of the great themes of Advent – the already but the not yet.

There is still one final consummation yet to come. We have to wait just a few more days in our liturgical Kalendar for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. There’s that Advent theme of expectation coming back again in May/June just like it was back in December of last year. We need these periods of waiting and longing and expectation. It’s important as we await our Lord’s final coming when we will see him face-to-face and dine with him for all eternity.

Our culture imposes the notions of instant gratification and the “have it now” mentality. Yet, for the sake of our souls we need more periods of waiting – waiting in God. Our spiritual fathers knew this as contemplation and meditation. That resting and waiting in God, which is the greatest longing of the spiritual life. May the Almighty Lord give us that holy rest and may we have the grace and power to wait expectantly, ever seeking to find our repose in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Alleluia. Christ the Lord ascended into heaven : O come, let us adore him. Alleluia.

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