By Mark Clavier There’s little on social media that really riles me. When I log onto Facebook or Twitter, I go with the expectation that I’ll encounter all sorts of rubbish. Instead of being bothered by anyt... Read More...
By Simon Cuff Today we celebrate a feast in the Church’s year that often struggles to find a place in our theologies, though it is secure in our creed: the Ascension. Jesus is taken up out of the apostles’ sight and they gaze towards heaven, only to be told... Read More...
Ascension and Pentecost represent two movements — the upward and the downward — of Luke’s “new Sinai,” the initiation and ratification of Christ’s new covenant.
The mystery and indeed the scandal of the Incarnation, the subject of Christmas and also Easter and Ascension Day, is that God took on flesh in space and time: middle-eastern, Jewish, male.
Why does the risen Jesus ask for food? Is he hungry? Does he need to eat?
The Ascension is a real departure and a real exaltation into the heavens. At the same time, we are sure that his body is present with us in mysteries and sacraments: in Eucharist and Baptism, in the gathered church, in particular saints.
The riven earth trembles / As up-bearing angels / Host him unaware / Who dashed foot and hand and heart / With five open wounds, / Wine-staining his garments red / A shame to Massless spirits.