Psalm 47: 2-3, 6-7, 8-9
“God mounts His throne amid shouts of joy.”
This week we celebrate the Ascension of
our Lord, who was taken up to heaven
to be seated at the right hand of the Father,
far above every principality, with authority
over every nation, as our 2nd reading tells us.
With such an awesome God on His throne,
what hope do we have as mere human beings
that we will ever be able to approach Him?
How far above us can this Jesus be, if He is
taken up to heaven and has all things put
beneath His feet?
Power is often associated with arrogance and
brutal treatment, but our God uses His power
to work miracles, and bring about healing.
And His power is expressed by His love, by
which we are raised up with Jesus. He is risen,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father
in heaven. Knowing this, 'We shout with joy,
and we praise Him.'
Though He has ascended, fortunately Jesus
leaves with us a way to share in His divinity,
through the Holy Spirit which he gives to us.
His power and presence remain within us,
so long as we repent from our sins and believe in Him.
After Jesus' Ascension, the disciples began their
active ministry, empowered by the holy Spirit.
That same power is given to us – we too are called
to ministry, to go into the world and proclaim the Gospel!
And for that we are inspired to praise the Lord;
as the psalmist says, “Clap your hands, shout to God
with cries of gladness ... sing praise to God!”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. As per the Psalm and the readings this week,
our Lord has been raised up so high above us,
how do you reach Him, how do you build a personal
relationship with Him?
2. The psalmist encourages us to clap our hands,
and shout to God with cries of gladness, because God
mounts His throne. Speak of how you are raised up
with our Lord Jesus, as He ascends to sit at the right
hand of the Father.