May 16, 2021
Ascension of the Lord
The Lord ascends to the Father and the community of disciples grows in history, with the Spirit who blesses his actions with signs of communion.
Acts 1: 1-11; Ps 46 (47); Eph 4: 1-13; Mk 16.15-20
Ascension is the mystery of communion that is realized, slowly maturing in history. Jesus enters into communion with the Father and thus the Spirit flows from the bosom of the Trinity and is given to us as the Spirit of communion. And in the Spirit, Mark affirms, the Lord acts with us confirming the Word that we announce with the signs of communion. While the body of the Lord moves away from history, the community of disciples takes shape in history, which grows and matures because it dwells in the Holy Spirit, that is, in that space of life and love that unites the Father to the Son, the Son. to the Father. He who was taken up from among us into heaven will come in the same way we saw him go to heaven: this is how the angels announce to the disciples. He was hired on the path of communion with the Father, we must therefore recognize that he comes to us by the same path, which is the path of communion, with the Father and among us. In fact, to accompany the disciples’ action there are signs of communion: they will speak new languages, capable of making us understand beyond differences; they will cast out demons, defeating the great separator; they will dialogue with all creatures, to the point that the snake itself can be taken in hand without causing us any damage. The Risen One goes to the Father and we become “one” in the Spirit!
Commentary by Comunità di Dumenza
Translation by f. Mark Hargreaves, Prinknash Abbey