It is essential to see the importance of the Ascension of Christ in our Lives. All too often we don’t know the Word of God well enough to understand it right away. Nevertheless, if we don’t begin to look at these great Mysteries of Faith, the Faith will die.
Prepares the Way:
By ascending into heaven, Jesus prepared the way. Where the head is, the body will follow.
According to His own saying (Jn. 14:2): “I go to prepare a place for you,” and the words of Micah (2:13), “He shall go up that shall open the way before them.” Through baptism Christ lives within us, and that life is like a seed that will only fully bloom when we follow Christ into heaven, when we too are assumed into heaven.
The High Priest stands before the Father:
Jesus ascends to the Father because He is our High Priest and that means that He is standing before the Father to plead our case, to ask for mercy. He goes to the Father and shows Him His wounds and thereby mediates for us. In the second reading you will find the following quote: “It is not as though Christ had entered a man-made sanctuary which was only modelled on the real one; but it was heaven itself, so that he could appear in the actual presence of God on our behalf.” (Heb 9:24-25)
Jesus sends His Spirit:
Being the new High Priest, Jesus is the one true mediator between God and mankind. Having ascended to the Father, he is does what a High Priest should do, He not only is turned to the Father, but he also is turned towards us and through His human heart, He sent the Holy Spirit. That is why we have Pentecost nine days after the Ascension. Jesus went up to the Father in order to send His Spirit into our hearts. “Very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:7)
Ignorance of Christ and the Mysteries of Faith will lead to the loss of faith. It is important to listen, to question and to deepen our understanding so that in seeing all that God has done, we might love God more.
Fr Michael Therese