Newsletter for Sunday 17 May 2015

15 May


Today’s Gospel passage, which is a compilation of various resurrection narratives taken from Matthew and Luke but which actually dates from after the time Mark wrote his gospel, furnishes us with the SIXTH Article of the Christian Creed:  “And so the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven:  there at the right hand of God he took his place …” 

The Ascension comes as the final event of Jesus’ visible earthly ministry.           For forty days after the Resurrection, Jesus had eaten and drunk with his disciples and he had taught them about the kingdom, whilst all the time his glory remained still veiled under the appearance of  “ordinary humanity”.  Now he leaves them and ascends into heaven and divine glory, symbolised by his passing through the clouds which took him out of sight. But, paradoxically, the Ascension marks the beginning of a “new era”:  the Ascension made possible the sending of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost (10 days later) which marks his eternal presence with us – in our midst, and in us.  

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In Christian theology, theosis or divinization literally means, becoming more divine, more like God.  Becoming more divine (theosis) comes about by God’s divine grace and by the Spirit of God transforming us.

As we contemplate Christ, as we look upon him and gaze at Christ now truly and really present in the Eucharist, let us ask him for a fresh out-pouring of his Holy Spirit, that by His transforming grace, our hearts may be set on fire and that we too may joyfully proclaim the kingdom of God in all we do and say.

Fr Philip Sainter IC

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