On the Feast of the Ascension

Luminous Darkness

And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 

And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

The disciples were looking on; the evidence of which they became witnesses was right before their eyes. At the same time, they were also learning to live in that new condition which is always our condition: we continue to look on the ascended Christ. We continue to live on earth as he takes us to heaven in our union with him – for it was a Man who ascended, to take…

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