The Catholic Church celebrated the Ascension last Thursday, and many dioceses move the feast to Sunday. I thought if fitting, therefore, to write a short note on this important event. For we must raise our minds into heaven, where our Lord currently dwells, so that we can descend with vigor and resolve for all our duties.
The Lord Jesus ascended to the right hand of his Father. And there he currently resides. It is impossible to reduce his heavenly ministry to one element. Therefore I will only concentrate, right now, on one of his ministries, that of intercession. Let us gaze at St. Paul’s statements of our Lord, that He is the one who “was raised, and who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us”(Romans 8:34).
The right hand of God is his place of power and honor. It was there that God appointed the throne of Israel, and where Jesus, who is the only true Lord, now sits as King and Priest (Psalm 110). It should fill our hearts with comfort, then, to contemplate our Lord in that place. For it signals to us that we cannot be lost, so long as he is our advocate. This world, indeed, is a place of cruelty and violence, where men trample each other, and where deceit is the rule and not the exception. It would be impossible for us, therefore, to love our enemies, or to cleave always to the truth, unless we felt the approval of our Lord, and were animated by the power he daily sends us. Without him our minds would break, and we would find out the true meaning of destruction. Yet with him as our heavenly partner, we are able to bear up in the face of evil, and to follow his call wherever it leads.
Let us offer our Lord hearts of gratitude. For the Father has not appointed for us lazy or uncaring Mediator. Instead, he gave us to be sharers in his only begotten Son, who cannot lie, who will not go on vacation, and who “ever lives to make intercession” for us (Hebrews 7:25). Let us respond, therefore, in a fitting manner, by resisting prayerlessness, by purging deceit from our souls, and by doing every task for the greater glory of God’s Son.