He Ascended to Take Us With Him

After forty days of walking the earth in His slain and risen, glorified body, Jesus ascended into heaven. It was a miracle, and it was an event with infinite meaning, as He Himself said:


But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you - (Jn 16:7).

Because Jesus ascended into heaven, the Holy Spirit descended at Pentecost and the Church was born. Why?

The Ascension had a lot more meaning than just Jesus getting to go home when His work on earth was done. No - Jesus has an abiding and important role to serve in heaven in order for us to be able to join Him there.

Jesus ascended into heaven, divinity raising up humanity into an eternal relationship with God. Through Him, we may all become sons and daughters of God, something that Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, explains in The 'One Thing' is Three.

Jesus ascended into heaven, returning to the right hand of God the Father almighty, to stand before Him as the Lamb who was slain (see Rev 5), serving as our eternal High Priest in the innermost Holy of Holies in heaven, mediating between us and God (see Heb 6:19-20; 7:15-17, 21-28; 8:1-6). Priest and Victim, He opens the door to heaven for us all by His self-offering, in which we share through the liturgy.

On May 14, the Church marks the Ascension of the Lord (celebrated in many dioceses on May 17, which is also World Communications Day). Let us pray to the Father through the Son by the power of the Holy Spirit for the conversion of ourselves and the whole world to the fullness of faith, hope, and charity. Let us ask Our Lady's intercession, that her Son who loves her so may turn His face of mercy to us all and heal the wounds of our world, drawing us all into communion with the Trinity unto life and love eternal.


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