Sermo De Aascensione Domini, Mai 98, 1-2 – Augustine
Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with him. Listen tot eh words of the Apostle: “If you have risen with Christ, set your hearts on the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God; seek the things that are above, not the things that are on earth.” For just as he remained with us even after his ascension, so we too are already in heaven with him, even though what is promised us has not yet been fulfilled in our bodies.
Christ is now exalted above the heavens, but he still suffers on earth all the pain that we, the members of is body, have to bear, He showed this when he cried out from above: Saul, Saul, why do you persecute ME? And when he said: “I was hungry and you gave me food.”
Why do we on earth not strive to find rest with him in heaven even now, through the faith, hope, and love that unites us to Him? While in heaven he is also with us; and we while on earth, by divinity, but in him, we can be there by love.
He did not leave heaven when he came down to us; now did he withdraw from us when he went up[ again into heaven. The fact that he was in heaven even while he was on earth is borne out by his own statement: “No one has ever ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven.”
These words are explained by our oneness with Christ, for he is our head and we are his body. NO one ascended into heaven except Christ because we are also are Christ: he is the son of man by his union with us , and we by our union with him are sons of God. So the Apostle says: “just as the human body, which has many members, is a unity, because all the different members make one body, so is it also with Christ.” He too has many members, but one body.
Out of compassion for us he descended from heaven, and although he ascended alone, we also ascend because we are in him by grace. Thus, no one but Christ ascended; not because there is no distinction between the head and the body but because the boy as a unity cannot be separated from the head.
Daily Indulgence: Partial ( 500 days), who sing the praise of Jesus Christ (S.P. Ap., Apr 26, 1941). RACCOLTA pg 186.
#269 “Christ Conquers!, Christ Reigns!, Christ commands!
“Christus vincit! Christus renet!, Christus imperat!“