While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.
And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy;
and they were continually in the temple blessing God.
Luke, 24, Verses 51-53
The feast of the Ascension has been somewhat “lost in the mix” of the liturgy of the Church. In fact, in America, it no longer has its own special day – Ascension Thursday – but has been fused into the Sunday following what would have been Ascension Thursday. And yet the Resurrection of our Lord would not be compete without it. He needed to go to the Father to fulfill the promise of eternal life, to prepare a place for us.
In this scripture from Luke, notice that the last thing Christ did before being ”carried up into heaven”, was to bless His disciples. As a result “they worshiped Him” and were filled with joy and then they went to the temple to bless God. Let us be aware of the many ways that God continues to bless us daily. Hopefully we are then drawn to worship Him in the temple of our own lives and to bless Him in return.
03 June 2014