“I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2)
In the verses just before the Gospel we will read this week, John highlights the connection between the Resurrection we have celebrated over the past few weeks and the Ascension, which the Western Church celebrates this coming Thursday, May 30th. Once Jesus has passed through death and into his glory with the Father, he beckons us to join him. Ascension Day is often quickly passed over between the events of Easter and the powerful coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, but we would to well to linger and wait for the Spirit Jesus will send to help us keep his word.
The Ascension. Hans Suss von Kulmbach, 1513. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N.Y.