|Posted by Fr. Matt on May 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM|
Fr. Matt’s Corner: . . . And behold, I am with you always,until the end of the age. . .
Greetings to you, my dear friends onthe Feast of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. At the heart of our faith is the fact thatJesus Christ (God) became man so that we (men and women) could become God (bybecoming One in heart, mind, and spirit with Him). The technical and poetic name for this greatmystery is: the Marvelous Exchange. As St. John says, “Beloved, we are God’schildren now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shallbe like Him, for we shall see Him as He Is.”
So why didJesus leave us and ascend back to the Father? Why didn’t He just stick around so that we could see Him now? Wouldn’t it have been so much better (not tomention easier to believe) if He was still walking around for us to seethroughout these 2000+ years? Perhaps wemight find one way of understanding the Ascension by listening again to thewords of Jesus Himself. You will receive power when the Holy Spiritcomes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea andSamaria, and to the ends of the earth – in Niagara and Pembine, throughoutAurora and Norway and Beecher, and to the ends of the earth. God wants to give us power; He wants our greatness; He wants us to become like Him.
If Jesushad not gone from this world to the Father, we would still be like infants –only able to believe what our physical eyes can see and our senses and oursciences could touch. But since He hasgone from our sight – weaning us off of mother’s milk so that our hearts andminds can munch on more delectable foods (the Bread of Life) – we have the gift of faith so that we can know whatmere science cannot discover. When Jesusshowed Himself to the disciples 40 days after Easter, they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. After He ascended, and the Holy Spirit came upon them, they were filled with the power of faith – the power to give their lives in service asJesus had done – the power and peace the world cannot give.
In thatfaith, we know that all power in heavenand on earth has been given to Him and that He is with you always, until the end of the age. May theeyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope thatbelongs to His call, what are the riches of glory in His inheritance among theholy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power for us whobelieve. Peace to all of you thisholy day and to all who love the Lord in simplicity of heart,
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