Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
Although there is some confusion about the exact physical location of Christ's Ascension into heaven, as well as the actual timing of the event, there is one unified message: hope and joy! All the Gospel writers are concerned about the true meaning of our Lord's rising into the heavens. His Ascension is a fulfillment of all the dreams of the Old Testament, and its emphasis on a Kingdom of justice, healing, and mercy.
As the Apostles gaze in wonder, the Lord instructs them to spread the Good News to all nations, to baptize them for their salvation, and to bring healing to sin and suffering. What a glorious ending to the story of our salvation! And, as the Apostles stand awestruck, the angel reminds them that this is not an end, but a beginning of their sublime mission.
As we contemplate the mystery of the Ascension today, what are our feelings? How are we determined to act? There is so little time left in our lives, perhaps in the life of this world! There is no time to waste!
Father Ed Bakker,
Anglican Catholic Church/Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne
Launceston on Tasmania