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Ascension C
Sunday 24th May 2020


Image supplied by Sr Cecilia Prest, 'Gentle Light'
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Reflection

Reflection is an essential element of our growth in Christ. As we reflect over what we have learnt and ponder it in our hearts, we come to recognise the presence of God in our lives.

This Sunday's Reflection

Twice in the Gospel for this Feast, Jesus is said to bless his disciples at his Ascension. The second time the word ‘blessing’ is used, it is linked to Jesus’ withdrawal from his disciples. Indeed, one could say that Luke was stating that the disciples were being blessed in Jesus’ departure. How could this be? Perhaps we could understand it better if we contrast how the disciples and we ourselves could act if Jesus was physically with us and how we should act now that he has withdrawn the physical presence the disciples knew.
If Jesus were present to us physically- we would focus serving him. As he is not, we are to serve him in each other.
If Jesus were present to us physically – we would expect him to do the things that needed doing, like helping people. As he is not, we are the ones who have to do what he would do.
If Jesus were present to us physically – we would be dependent on him as our leader, expecting him to state clearly what he wants done. As he is not, we have to draw on our own resources and gifts, being enlightened and graced by the Holy Spirit.
If Jesus were present to us physically – we would focus our worship on him. As he is not, we are to worship, not only alone, but in a community, learning from each other how to relate to him.
We see that if Jesus were present to us, we would diminish ourselves in a kind of false dependency. As he is hidden from us, but present in the Spirit, his grace calls us to grow up to salvation. We are to live his life, reveal his face, love with his love within the personality he has given us. Hidden in his physicality, he becomes even more present as God-with-us, God working within us.

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