In years gone past this is the day that the Ascension was celebrated. Now it has been moved to the 7th Sunday after Easter. Just one point about the Ascension which I truly love: When the angel asked Mary to be the Mother of God, Jesus became man. At the Ascension, Jesus brought a human body, albeit a glorified human body, right into the midlle of the Trinity. That is our destiny!!
Jesus tells the disciples he is leaving them for a short time and that he will return. This baffles his listeners. They do not understand, and when he tells them he is going to the Father they become more confused. He predicts that the world shall be glad that he is gone. This is something we don't fully understand, those of us who make some feeble attempt to follow Jesus, the level of hatred that people of the world have towards Jesus. Secularist society and those of an atheist bent, when you listen to what they are really saying, betray a deep hatred of Jesus and all that he stands for. The idea of respecting his authority, of taking cogniscance of his teaching is anathema to them. The most horrible example of this is abortion. In the face of all that jesus teaches about the dignity of life there are still people who hold for the right to choose to abort. The culture of death of which John Paul II spoke is one example of how much the world ahtes Jesus. We tend to underestimate this. But Jesus always returns. He never goes that far away. There is something about him that the world cannot ignore. We may shut him out but he always finds a way in. Jesus is Lord. No matter where we go there is no hiding place from his glare, and his glare, as Peter found out, is pure love that convicts.