Scripture readings for this homily can be found here.
This past Thursday we celebrated the Ascension of Our Lord following 40 days of Paschal celebrations. 40 glorious days of Easter joy declaring Christ is risen from the dead! However...the Ascension is a day that often carries many mixed emotions for the Christian who has journeyed from Lent, to the place of crucifixion, finally arriving at the moment of inexplicable radiant resurrection. Now the day has come and gone when Christ is suddenly taken from us, or is it that he chooses to leave us, perhaps it is that he must leave us, or is even the question to difficult to construct - let alone the answer?
Christ promised that he would be with us even unto the end of the ages and this is made manifest in the Holy Eucharist but also in the body and blood of those believers which surround us, encouraging us and being there for us in difficult times. Are we there as the body of Christ for others, making Him always present?
The Orthodox Ascension Konotakion
O Christ our God, upon fulfilling Your dispensation for our sake, You ascended in Glory, uniting the earthly with the heavenly. You were never separate but remained inseparable, and cried out to those who love You, "I am with you and no one is against you."