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If I do not go … why we celebrate Jesus’ Ascension

Jesus goes, so that the Holy Spirit can come

Jesus said to his disciples: “Now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts. But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you (Jn 16:5-).”


We don’t always understand why people have to leave us. Whether they leave because of death, job, family, or other reasons – it affects us. Initially, it seems that leaving is equal to void – to emptiness. However, Jesus tells us that He has to go or we will be missing out on fullness of life – with Him! If He doesn’t go, then the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Life & Love – the Spirit of Jesus and the Father – won’t come.

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Jesus offers us so much – more than anyone or anything can – prepare yourself – trust in Him – be at peace. For although He goes, He is still with us.

Are you open to the Holy Spirit?  Do you pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit? In your life? For others? For your family? For your community of faith?

Gladden us with holy joys, almighty God, and make us rejoice with devout thanksgiving, for the Ascension of Christ your Son is our exaltation, and, where the Head has gone before us in glory, the Body is called to follow in hope. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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M Crooks, Doctorate Pastoral Ministry: 2009-2018