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Ascension C 2013

Ascension C 2013

Sermon by Stuart PikePhoto Credit: Lawrence OP on Flickr.comAscension day texts always bring with them a certain amount of uncertainty. We are given the account of the Ascension of Jesus in two texts, both written by the same author: Luke, our patron saint.Many people listen to the stories just with their left brain as though it was a historical fact, but even given that the same author writes different accounts of it should help us to understand that these stories, though true, are not to be understood as news-reel accounts. Their truth, like much of the Bible, is in the metaphor. In the Gospel of Luke, the account takes place on Easter Day at Bethany where Jesus leads them. In Acts, the event takes place 40 days after Easter and happens on the Mount of Olives.Given that Luke tells the story as happening both at Easter, and 40 days later tells us that this event is closely tied to Jesus’ resurrection, and that his ascension into heaven is something that is a continual thing and a myst