Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9; Ephesians 1:17-23; Matthew 28:19a, 20b; Luke 24:46-53
The Ascension brings the story of Jesus to its conclusion, “He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father,” we profess in the Creed. On the other hand, perhaps that is not quite accurate. The story of Jesus does not really end; it is an ongoing one. The feast of the Ascension presents Jesus as returning to the Father and interceding for us as we continue the work he left us: to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth. The Ascension releases the limits placed on Jesus when he walked the earth, preaching, teaching, healing, and driving out demons. Now he is present throughout the world through his Spirit given to his followers. Jesus has been given as “head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.” But Jesus did not signal, “Mission accomplished!” The angels say to us, “Do not just stand there. Do something.”
How can you find in this feast both comfort and challenge?