May 8, 2016
“Go and teach all nations, says the Lord;
I am with you always, until the end of the world.”
Matthew 28:19a, 20b (Gospel Acclamation)
Liturgical spirituality draws its insights from the celebration of acts of worship by the community. It often takes complex ideas and expresses them in actions or texts that are simple yet profound. The Solemnity of the Ascension is a perfect example of deep theology is expressed in a nutshell.
The “nutshell” meaning of the Ascension is to be found in the sung acclamation before the Gospel: “I am with you always, until the end of the world.” The Ascension theologically is a continuing celebration of the feast of the Resurrection that affirms that the risen Christ will be with us, even today. The Ascension “explains” why we don’t see the physical body of the risen Christ and simultaneously assures us that the risen Christ is with us always, until the end of the world. And that affirmation requires a response from us: “Go and teach all nations.” Now that is a “nutshell” worthy of reflection time!
Lord, you were taken up to heaven
that you might make us sharers in your divinity.
May our Easter joy be complete
in proclaiming the word in song to all the nations. Amen.
Rev. Virgil C. Funk
NPM President Emeritus