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THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD: OUR
ASSURANCE OF HEAVEN.
In the Church’s celebration of the Life of Christ, today is Ascension Thursday; exactly 40 days after the glorious resurrection of Christ from the dead. Reflecting on the beauty of today’s solemnity, the assurance of heaven occupied my thought and so I humbly share the fruit of my reflection.
Imagine that the members of the senior national football team of a country travelled for a world cup tournament and won the cup but did return to their country with the joy of their victory from the mundial as they were held hostage in the country where the tournament was held. In the above imagination, I see no victory because victory is victory when it is complete.
Jesus came from heaven to earth to fulfil God’s eternal plan of salvation by His victorious death and glorious resurrection. Forty days after His resurrection, the same number of days with which he fasted before beginning His mission; the Son of God ascended into heaven; the upward journey of complete victory.
At the right hand of the Father almighty sat the King of kings and Lord of lords JESUS CHRIST having ascended into heaven. He had told his disciples that He would go to prepare a place for them and would return to take them to that place (John 14:1-3). Since our Lord ascended into heaven as He had said, believers have the assurance of heaven because where the head is, the body will be also.
Happy Solemnity of the Lord’s Ascension!
Fr. Abiagom Augustine, CM