At the heart of the Mass and the Eucharist is an invitation. Our response is critical.
The question that should strike us: “What is man that you should be mindful of him? mortal man that you should care for him?” Honestly, why does God care about us at all?
With this celebration of the Ascension, we do not celebrate His absence but his entrance into the depths of reality, the truest experiences we have.
What are we celebrating? Why is everything still so messed up? Is there any hope?
The King doesn’t demand our subservience. With arms outstretched, He offers us an invitation. And He begs us to accept.
And so Mary’s Assumption is a big deal for us because Mary’s Assumption is the sign for us of what is to come! We are destined to share in heavenly glory. And not just as some spirit sitting on a cloud, not just praying, playing a little harp, no! We are destined to share body and soul in heavenly glory. As the people who allow the Kingdom to break into this world through us, there is a great promise in store.
We can easily reduce the Eucharist to the magic vitamin that gives us strength to live a Christian life. But maybe that’s not what it primarily is.
The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity isn’t one that we are supposed to solve, it is one that we are meant to live.
Pentecost isn’t about the pyrotechnics. There is something greater afoot. A mission is laid before us.
The day of the resurrection is simply a fact charged with a proposal.