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We are celebrating the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. Sometimes, we look at the Feast of the Ascension in the wrong way - as sort of an intermission if you will. Jesus came, lived his life for us and with us, offered his life on our behalf, he was raised from the dead, and now he ascends to the Father. And until he returns, we just kind of wait. No, it's not an intermission at all. We have work to do! He told us he would ascend, and in fact, he promised the disciples that he would ascend. He had to ascend, so that he could send the Holy Spirit to equip them, and us, to continue his mission till he comes again. And he did just that. We will soon celebrate the great Feast of Pentecost, which Ascension points us toward. Jesus is the head, and we are the body. And the head and the body can never be separated. He is as Saint Augustan said, "the whole Christ." So, he is still with us, but in a different way. He is with us in the church, of which we are members, and the Holy Spirit is the soul of the church. The Holy Spirit empowers the church to continue the mission of Jesus until he returns. He has gone to prepare a place for us, and now our job is to continue his work. Perhaps it's time that we ask the Lord to open our hearts to understand more fully what the Ascension is all about. It's not an intermission, but a deeper call to his mission. So on this Feast of the Ascension, may the Lord who ascended continue to bless your whole family, as we walk together in him, with him, for him, and through him to the next great Liturgical celebration - the Feast of Pentecost. May God bless you; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.