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Homily - 17th May 2015 The Ascension of The Lord

posted 23 May 2015, 01:38 by StJohns Annitsford   [ updated 6 Nov 2015, 00:44 ]
17th May 2015 The Ascension of The Lord, B H.B.& Hw.

(After Richard Rohr, "Radical Grace " - P.183)

So we are taken to the outskirts of our experience, experience of awe for example, fear, attitude to the dark, silence, being alone. There we find blessing. There we find the way to write our own Bible from experience, our feelings and our intuition. We may even discover that Jesus is Lord.
We may even discover what it means to say, "Jesus is Lord". This is certainly the first creed of our Church. It is symbolised by Jesus "standing on the clouds of heaven". And the feast of the Ascension is the feast of the Lordship of Jesus.

We do not experience God's power unless we let go and allow God to be God. We do not experience the Lordship of God unless we let go and let God. God is not God for us unless God has primacy. No one else may be first in our lives, not father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, children, job, hobby. They have no right to be first.

"Fortunately, God is willing to wait" until we allow her/him the primacy in our life and living.
So where do our hearts go when they are free? Wherever they go, that is our god; for the moment, at least. So how do we use our time? How do we use our money? Such questions will come up with the answers as to who our gods really are. And God, true God that is, waits. "God waits like a patient but jealous lover," because God is not into domination. Rather, the true God entices and seduces. And God is ever so patient.

And the Lord ascends into primacy through our experience, feeling and intuition. We know from our deepest experience that there is no other. All the others have collapsed, let us down or disappeared. We feel it in our bones, in our deepest depths, those depths entered in the silence of prayer and all alone. And the greatest intuition dawns: Jesus is Lord. We say it and we pray it. We believe it and confess it. Jesus is Lord and has ascended into primacy. Jesus the Lord is our personal alpha and omega.

There is no other. Jesus is Lord.