Daily Reflection

May 12, 2013

Today's Reading :  Acts 1.6-11

“Why are you Galileans standing here looking into the sky, this Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in the same way as you have seen him go to heaven?” 

The Ascension is the bodily lifting up of Jesus who returned to His Father in Heaven.  From there Jesus   intercedes for us and sends us the Advocate, The Holy Spirit, who is a powerful Presence and Source of Peace, Compassion, Courage and Creativity for each of us on earth.

However, the story of the Ascension is more than just the bodily Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. Jesus is also to be encountered here on earth in His new Resurrection state, outside time and space, where we can connect with Him in our daily ordinary lives.

Now we can meet Jesus not just in Galilee but to ‘the farthest ends of the earth, wherever we are!  He is here to be met in the cave of our hearts; in especially people made poor, in the Word of God, in the Sacraments, and in the entire created Universe.

The Ascension of Jesus also teaches us that the bodily absence of Jesus makes the heart grow fonder just like the bodily absence of our loved ones through the different kinds of separation we experience in our own lives, until we meet again in God’s time.

In the meantime, let us encounter Jesus in the here and now in our daily lives.

Brother Gerard Alvarez cfc.

The Ascension is the bodily lifting up of Jesus who returned to His Father in Heaven.  From there Jesus   intercedes for us and sends us the Advocate, The Holy Spirit, who is a powerful Presence and Source of Peace, Compassion, Courage and Creativity for each of us on earth.

However, the story of the Ascension is more than just the bodily Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. Jesus is also to be encountered here on earth in His new Resurrection state, outside time and space, where we can connect with Him in our daily ordinary lives.

Now we can meet Jesus not just in Galilee but to ‘the farthest ends of the earth, wherever we are!  He is here to be met in the cave of our hearts; in especially people made poor, in the Word of God, in the Sacraments, and in the entire created Universe.

The Ascension of Jesus also teaches us that the bodily absence of Jesus makes the heart grow fonder just like the bodily absence of our loved ones through the different kinds of separation we experience in our own lives, until we meet again in God’s time.

In the meantime, let us encounter Jesus in the here and now in our daily lives.

Today's reflection has been written by Brother Gerard Alvarez cfc.

 

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