Psalm 47: 2-3, 6-7, 8-9 (Read)
“God mounts His throne amid shouts of joy.”
This Sunday 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 (Ephesians 1:17-23).
With such an awesome God on His throne, what hope
do we have as mere human beings that He will have
anything more to do with us? How far removed can
we be if this Jesus is taken up to heaven and has all
things put beneath His feet (including us)?
Fortunately, for us men, Jesus leaves us with 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.
Power is often associated with arrogance and brutal
treatment, but our God uses His power to work
miracles, and bring about healing. 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.
As today's Gospel tells us, after Jesus' ascension, the
disciples begin their active ministry, empowered by
the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28: 16-20). That same power
is given to us so long as we believe; we too are called
to ministry. And for that we are inspired to praise
the Lord, as the psalmist says, “Clap your hands,
shout to God with joyful cries; sing praise to God!”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. The Psalm speaks of God mounting His throne and reigning over
the nations. If God is raised up so far above us, how do you go about
having a relationship with our Lord so that He is present to you?
2. The Psalm's verses tell of God as the great king over all the earth,
and we are urged to sing praise to our king. Describe how our Lord's
ascension inspires you to celebrate with shouts of joy.