Sunday Reflection

“Lifted Up”

A reflection on being “lifted up” in the light of the Ascension by Joey Martinez

A photon of light emitted from the Sun takes approximately 8 minutes and 20 seconds to reach the Earth. Unless you could take the perspective of the photon; in which case you would find that it took zero time to travel from its starting point at the moment of its creation to its final destination at the moment it arrives. I often wonder what the spiritual truth behind this physical reality is.

In the Nicene Creed we state “…God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God,…” It is the light of Christ that we carry within our hearts and that light has only one destination. In the readings today we look on as Christ; body, soul, and divinity; takes His place in Heaven at the right hand of the Father, seeming to ‘leave’ the Apostles behind. 

As part of the Body of Christ I can be sure of where I am headed. I can also be sure that on the way I am supposed to do work for the Lord, hoping that through these things the Lord might accomplish His will.

And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature to manhood, to the extent of the full stature of Christ.

Eph 4:11-13

Today we get to look on with the Apostles as Jesus is lifted up, and “a cloud took him from their sight.” The Apostles are left staring into the sky, and I stand alongside them, dumbfounded. I feel like I am looking through a window at the Holy Trinity and then trying to describe what it is I see. I think that a part of me understands because I do feel a sense of peace, but it is not my mind that understands. It is instinctual for me to look towards the sky when I think about Heaven, even though I know it actually surrounds me. I wonder if that is an innate habit of the earthly mind and that caused the Apostles to perceive the spiritual realities of Jesus ascending into Heaven as Him being “lifted up.” It seems similarly difficult to use words to describe the life that awaits me, which involves a perfect knowledge of God, and a sharing of life with God, One and Triune. Despite the inability to really picture it, when I think about the destination that awaits me, I find comfort in wondering if perhaps, even though it seems now to be such a very long, and sometimes difficult road, in the end I will find that the journey has taken no time at all.

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