The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord by reverbhomilies published on 2013/05/12 17:48:03 +0000 JOY IS NOT IN THE RESULTS; RATHER, THE PROCESS In our Gospel, we hear that, after Jesus ascended, the Apostles went to Jerusalem with joy. Joy? It is not exactly the response I would imagine after their teacher and friend left there presence. Is it because he had already died? It is because of his blessing to them? Or is it because of his promise of the Holy Spirit that they would receive? Could they possibly have known just how important the ascension is for our humanity? Could they have understood that our lowly humanity through Christ’s humanity has been transformed and elevated beyond the limitations of space and time? Perhaps, yes, because of all of these things. But perhaps it is because they finally understood their own purpose. Jesus is now gone after all; and it is now up to them to proclaim his message. They seem to know that now.