BETWEEN THIS GOODBYE AND THE NEXT HELLO

This reflection is based on Luke 24:46-53 for Ascension Sunday.

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This parting with the disciples as the Lord is taken up to heaven–that makes two goodbyes in a row.

A little over a month earlier, they’ve just been through that long, emotional goodbye at the Last Supper, the night of the Lord’s arrest and the eve of his crucifixion. Things are different now: Unlike then, this time the disciples have come to understand that Jesus is indeed Lord, raised by God from a death horrible and humiliating beyond words. Who would have known he would muster a comeback like that?

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