Resurrection & Ascension People

Posted by Fr. Tere on 05/07/2016

Cup with writingLast Thursday, May 5th, the Western world – well, maybe the Western Church – celebrated the Ascension of Jesus – going back home to be again with his Father, but as King of kings, Lord of lords, the Lamb who was slain, the Light of heaven. Jesus’ resurrection and ascension show once again how much family, people groups, mean in God’s design of creation. At the very beginning, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27 He knew humans should not, could not, be alone. And that same knowledge happens again and again. Yes, he called Abram to go to the land God made – but he called him as the People of God, not as an individual.

Noah built the Ark and entered it with his family. It was the family of Jacob that created the problem – by selling off Joseph – but it was the family of Jacob – in the person of Joseph – who saved God’s Chosen People from starvation. When Moses was called to free God’s People, he immediately wanted his brother, Aaron to be with him. Then he took “his wife and his sons and had them ride on a donkey, and went back to the land of Egypt.” Exodus 4:20 God seems to send people to do his work who are strongly ingrained into a family and a people

Family was so important to God that genealogies appear throughout the books of the Bible. They lead to the exact and perfect family that God put together to be the family of Jesus, the Savior of the world. Jesus came to us within a family and in midst of God’s Chosen People. Both were important in the development and story of Jesus.

Read the stories of Jesus’ miracles, beginning in the midst of the celebration of family – at a wedding. When he healed/saved people, he either sent them back to their own families healed, restored and ready to be productive, or he took them into his own family and spent time discipling them and preparing them to lead the new Family of God – those who follow Jesus.

Happy mothers day cardWhich brings us back to the Ascension. Jesus was raised from the dead and immediately went to his chosen family of disciples and followers. He spent time playing with them, teaching them, surprising them, inspiring them – making them the Church, from which all churches could develop, so all people could become God’s adopted children. His final command was for the disciples to go and make disciples in all the people-groups on earth. That command is why we pray constantly for missionaries we know or just know about, why we might want to send funds to support those same people so more people-groups can hear the good news and the Church will develop exponentially – disciples making disciples who make disciples – constantly bringing more people into family, so they can take the news to others.

But now Jesus has gone home – back to his Father, whose presence he had to miss constantly and terribly. He goes back to his family and to make 

one person carda place to live for each person who is adopted and grafted into the family of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We are family – and family is important to God.

Which brings us to today, doesn’t it? We celebrate family today – by honoring one person in that family – mother. Jesus honored his mother, both throughout his life and at the time of his death (“Woman, behold, your son!” “Behold, your mother!” John 19:26-27). By his example, we know to honor our own mothers. Mine happens to be dead, and we have lost several of our mothers in the last 12 months. That is the way we live; that is the way we die. The generations move on with birth and life and death, and we celebrate each part of that journey.

Mothers among us, mothers living elsewhere, mothers having entered the Kingdom before us – we celebrate you and thank you. Mothers are the primary makers of family, at least as we have known it for many generations. They mostly seem to have “something” that makes them the nurturers and the ones who draw us together. In the Western world it was the mothers who at times held the church together and kept it alive. There is no way to pay you back, but we give you our thanks, our love, our attention.

God also calls his clergy within families – thank you Nancy Purdin Adams Wilson –   my true ministry-mate and love. 

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