Jesus said to his disciples: “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
Then he led them out as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them. As he blessed them, he parted from them and was taken up to heaven. They did him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and they were continually in the temple praising God. LK 24:46-53
Motto: „As he blessed them he parted from them” – It is remarkable, that the Lord is giving a blessing as he is departing! The two actions, happening at the same time, merge into one. Whatever is a reason for sadness in everyday life, whatever is a source for distress in the stories that happen to people, turns into a blessing, an ongoing grace. Jesus has a twofold message that points beyond this gesture: First of all, the suffering and resurrection, the Easter event, make him the source and the beginning of universal salvation. Therefore, He ‘had’ to rise. But this could not remain an internal issue of the Trinity; rather it became the final and universal turning point for the whole of humanity and all of history. Paradoxically, from now on the presence of the Trinity becomes permanent and will be a work of the Holy Spirit. As the apostles sink to their knees in awe, their Master ascends to heaven. Their bowing down body becomes the bridge to heaven. The praise of God is the continuation today, through us and with them. With them and with Him.
Ascension of the Lord 02.06.2019
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