Ascension Day Homily by Fr Hugh
There are times we need to celebrate. One of the things that the Lockdown has done, is to deprive us of that. Some things can be postponed, open top bus rides through the city if your team have won the league for example. But for others, like those ending Secondary School or University, getting your results or degree is obviously the main thing you are there for, but what we want to do is celebrate, the Grad Ball or the School Prom. It is not the end of the world, not to be able to hold them, but psychologically it is a big loss. It is that moment we come together with all those we have spent years with, and possibly for some, we will not see them again for some time or ever. It is a rite of passage. (I remember my University career ended in 1977, a hot summer, not as hot as 76, it was the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and pubs in Lancaster were selling beer at 1952 prices, and discos, I do mean discos, Saturday Night Fever came out that year, who can doubt the 70s had the best music?, ended with Brown Sugar.) Now the Ascension, moving from the ridiculous to the sublime, is the end of Jesus’ time on earth. It appears at the end of Luke’s gospel and at the beginning of his next book, The Acts of the Apostles. It is the hinge between the two books. As the gospel comes to an end, and Jesus rises to heaven, the Apostles rush down to the Temple to celebrate…..
MASS FOR THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD WILL BE LIVESTREAMED FROM CHURCH THIS EVENING AT 7PM (THURSDAY 21ST MAY)
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