Thank you to Matthew Bohrer for this splendid image that I have chosen to use for this blog reflection.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (Colossians 3:1).
As human beings who tend to think by logic, we have a real problem with the Ascension do we not? We have the account of the Ascension in Acts 1:1-11. However, we were not physically there looking up to heaven and witnessing Jesus taken from their sight with those first Apostles. All we have to go on is faith and the oral and/or written tradition through which the Holy Spirit has handed us the story throughout the ages.
If we consider the Ascension from the perspective of contemplative and/or centering prayer; now we have something that is mysterious and as real as grass and water. Contemplative prayer is a grace through which we are given a glimpse of heaven and earth from where Jesus is. Though the Risen Body of Jesus bears our wounded humanity, in Christ we are already healed. The Holy Spirit desires more than we could ever wish, that those wounds in our own lives that have been healed in Christ; would actually be healed for ourselves. God also knows that it is only by our cooperation with God’s timing and grace that such healing will happen. Contemplative prayer allows us to “seek the things that are above” and see what God sees. The holiness of God and all humankind in and through Jesus Christ by the Power of the Holy Spirit in inexpressible love. We cannot see such if we are clinging to the things of earth alone. We must know it through our relationship with God and one another, as we journey together in faith, trust and obedience to God’s will to where Christ is seated.
As we contemplate this great mystery of the Ascension of Christ today, may we be given that extra special glimpse of God in and through the ordinary things of life. May that vision bring us closer to God; with healing and reconciliation to our wounded and broken world.
Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB