Ascension Thursday and meeting Christ face-to-face!
A year ago, the Ascension Thursday readings and meditation in the Magnificat really inspired me. I was so ready to see the Face of God right then and there! The morning’s closing prayer concluded with:
Let us who are members of his Body live in joyful expectation of his return, keeping faith with the covenant sealed in his Blood, until that day when we can sing your praises face-to-face.
This phrase just got me all excited for heaven! I’m not saying that I’m ready to die, I still have a lot that I want to accomplish here on earth, but to have this glorious faith in Jesus Christ. He came down from heaven to save us! To save us from our own failings. This saving occurs in the here and now every time we meet Jesus face-to-face in the Eucharist!
The overview prior to the daily Mass readings, one year ago, quotes Pope Benedict XVI. He always has such a great way of explaining the faith to us!
‘The meaning of Christ’s Ascension,’ writes Pope Benedict XVI, ‘expresses our belief that in Christ the humanity that we all share has entered into the inner life of God in a new and hitherto unheard of way. It means that man has found an everlasting place in God.’ It would be a mistake to interpret the Ascension as ‘the temporary absence of Christ from the world.’ Rather, ‘we go to heaven to the extent that we go to Jesus Christ and enter into him.’ Heaven is a person: ‘Jesus himself is what we call “heaven.”‘