The Ascension of the Lord
May 24, 2020
Ps 47:2-3, 6-9
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
When they had gathered together they asked him,
“Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons
that the Father has established by his own authority.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
throughout Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.”
The Ascension of our Lord is a day of Victory and celebration in heaven and even on Earth. The Champion of Heaven, the Son of God was on a mission of Salvation to Earth,became victorious by defeating death and Satan by his life of poverty , death on the Cross, and Glorious resurrection on Heaven and Earth, and returned to Heaven to rejoin the Holy-trinity . This is a awarding Ceremony of a Victorious King who will be ruling the entire heaven and Earth for ever and ever. For a while the second person of the trinity was away from Holy Family on a mission of Salvation.
When our Children go out for the first time away from the family for a long time , may be on a Camp or for higher studies we miss their physical presence so much and once they come back with their Degrees we rejoin them in a renewed relationship because in the course of time they adopt the culture of their mission or study. I remember meeting a Father of a Girl who had left her Family at the age of 18 to pursue Medicine Degree and returned with a Degree in Medicine after six years, she had left at 18 like a little pampered girl but returned after six years in a full stature of Womanhood with a Degree of Maturity.
The Son of God the second person of Trinity also left on a mission of Salvation on this Earth but this mission was not to study higher but study lower in his life and die like a Criminal and a Worm on the Cross. This mission was difficult to the Creator of Heaven and Earth to become like a Creature and named as Jesus like any other Human Name and live and suffer and die on the Cross.
I was owning a logistic Company and used to hire many drivers for delivery , one day I wanted to see what are the pros or cons and grey areas of the Delivery Drivers and areas, which they deliver the Parcels, when I finished my tenth delivery I had already got two penalties on my Van for wrong parking and I had still twenty more deliveries pending in my Van. All my plan of time management, route management and fuel consumption and Health and safety went to the toss , as I trespassed all the Parameters of a Delivery Driver. Finally I had to call my Driver and handed over the Van to finish the remaining deliveries. It is very difficult to degrade ourselves in this World and Jesus degraded himself by becoming poor and a slave and died for the Salvation.
Ascension day Jesus comes back to his original family to rejoin with his Father and Mother with a Victorious Degree of Salvation. But when he has come back from the World his stature has been changed , he had left Heaven in Pure and clean Spirit but returned in the form of a Human Being with a resurrected Body. The Holy Trinity receives Jesus as he is and includes him in the family of Holy trinity and glorifies him with the same Glory which he had from the Beginning of the creation. Now Jesus has been promoted in the Family to take control of the Heaven and earth and seating him at his right hand in the heavens, far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion,and every name that is named not only in this age but also in the one to come.
Jesus is seated at the right of the Father in a Human resurrected glorified body and not in a pure Spirit. This body is the Church . We must understand the Church in a broader understanding otherwise it is difficult to receive the Holy-spirit.Church is Christ himself, when we unite with him by believing him and his teachings and applying these teachings in our life, we unite completely with Jesus in Body , Soul , divinity and in his mission. When we believe in him as a person of Jesus as our Personal Savior we unite in his Body , when we follow his teachings we unite with him in soul and when we apply his teachings in our life by his mission we join him in his divinity and mission.
We have a very wrong conception of the Church , Church is nothing but getting united or entering in to a relationship with the Body, mind and Spirit of Jesus. When we unite Jesus in his Body ,the Holy-spirit passes on us or anoints us with power from above. If a Christian does not show this power from above , then there is a doubt on his complete unity or faith in Jesus in his life. Baptism is not a ceremonial activity but a decision to choose and live Jesus in our life. When we unite with the Body of Christ , we are automatically empowered with the Holy-spirit , this is one activity. Jesus is representing us at the right hand of the Father in a glorified Human Visible Body , this Body has human and divine properties. When we unite with Jesus we also receive the heavenly Properties in our Bodies. This has happened with early Christians and Apostles.
The Institutions or Sacraments are the methods to connect to the Body of Christ but they only show the Way but themselves is not the Body of Christ. When we walk through these ways or sacraments we unite to the Body of Christ and grace of the Holy-spirit transfers in to our life and thus become a divine activity. A Marriage is a Sacrament , when we unite to the Body of Christ and live our marriage as per Christs teaching we are blessed with a supernatural power of the Holy-spirit to live our marriage , when we live our marriages in a Christian way , we different than the worldly marriages.We do not see any difference between Christian and other way of life Marriages, then we are no more living in the Body of Christ but of the World.
When we unite with him in faith and love , the Holy spirit passes from his Body to our Body and our bodies transform into his glorious resurrected Body and we get access to the Father and we become the Children of God. This process is Baptism of the Holy-spirit. Once we are united to his Body we must unite him in his soul by following his teachings and we unite in his divinity and mission by carrying on his mission. If we are only the Body of Christ is not enough but must get united with other mind and spirit as well. The Evil can attack the Body of Christ if we are not connected with him in mind and Spirit. If we live in fullness of the Spirit then no evil or the World can tempt us or bring any affliction because we are completely united to the Body, mind and Spirit of Jesus. When we are united in Body, mind and Spirit , our Bodies may not corrupt in this World , we may get Stigmata the wounds of Jesus , We may be killed like Jesus , we may be raised in Body and Spirit to Heaven like Mother Mary to be seated with Jesus in the ministry of intercession.
Jesus intercedes for the Whole World along with Mother Mary, Blessed Joseph and all the Saints at the right hand of God 24×7 365 days. This is the Divinity of Jesus , he tries to get connected to each and every soul through you and me so that all the souls may experience the Salvation and the Holy-spirit. We are living in the last hour of the Salvation time and Waiting and Watching through Prayer and Intercession must be our Christian Be attitude. We need not to worry about any Pandemic or Worldly Calamities but pray and serve in love and use these calamities to become opportunities to save souls.