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Children’s Homily for Ascension

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2009 at 12:52 pm

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BLAST OFF!

Was it like that?

When Jesus went into heaven
did he take off like a rocket?

Did he rise gently like a balloon?
Up into the clouds ’til the disciples lost sight of him?

Was it more like the waft of the incense?
Smoking and snaking into the air,
so you just can’t tell where the smoke ends and the sky begins?

Or is it more like a word picture,
with the disciples trying to describe something that happened,
but the kind of thing that really can’t be put down on paper?

I wonder what it would have been like to have been there,
when Jesus took his friends to a place just outside the city,
he blessed them, and disappeared from their sight.

Jesus returned to heaven,
and the disciples went home without him.

Only they didn’t feel like it was without him.
It felt like Jesus was now not just where his hands and feet,
like you and I have, were,
but that he was EVERYWHERE.

Not just in Jerusalem, or Nazareth, or Bethlehem,
not just two thousand years ago,
not just someone whose story had a beginning and an end,
not just someone who looked a certain way and spoke one language,
instead of this,
the disciples came to realise that Jesus was now present with them
all the time,
everywhere,
everywhen.

And they discovered something else.
Now that he had returned to heaven
with a body like yours and mine,
somehow that made every body holy.

Just as God came to live among people when Jesus was born,
now part of what it means to be human
was at the heart of God, in heaven.

And so what we do with our hands and feet becomes really important.
By being kind, by being generous, by caring for others,
we are the hands and feet of Jesus in the world today.

By respecting and loving other people
we remember that Jesus shares our nature, our humanity,
and that that is in God’s heavenly presence always.

There’s a lovely prayer that says:
Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
No hands but yours, no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he looks with compassion on the world.
Yours are the feet he will use to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands he will use to bless people now.

That’s pretty amazing,
and it makes every moment of every day, with everyone
special and holy.

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