As we celebrate today the Solemnity of the Ascension, let’s remember the words spoken by Saint Augustine:
"Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with Him. Listen to the words of the Apostle: If you have risen with Christ, set your hearts on the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God; seek the things that are above, not the things that are on earth.
For just as He remained with us even after His ascension, so we too are already in heaven with Him, even though what is promised us has not yet been fulfilled in our bodies.
Christ is now exalted above the heavens, but He still suffers on earth all the pain that we, the members of His body, have to bear. He showed this when He cried out from above: Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? and when He said: I was hungry and you gave me food.
Why do we on earth not strive to find rest with Him in heaven even now, through the faith, hope and love that unites us to Him? While in heaven He is also with us; and we while on earth are with Him. He is here with us by His divinity, His power and His love. We cannot be in heaven, as He is on earth, by divinity, but in Him, we can be there by love."
I am reminded always of the words that the Bishops of the Province of Denver wrote when they transferred the Solemnity of the Ascension to Sunday replacing the Seventh Sunday of Easter. They reminded us that by his Ascension, Christ does not exit time – He becomes its center. A good question for us to think about this week – Is Christ the center of your time? Is Christ the center of your life? If not, let’s make today a course correction and let’s make Jesus Christ the center of our lives!
May the Peace of Risen and Ascended Christ be with you always!