Ascension Sunday and WCD2015

The title of this post is a bit naughty. How many of you instantly recognized that WCD2015 stands for World Communications Day 2015? Probably only my Catholic readers, and not even all of them, I suspect. It seems that the more we speak or write about communications, the less good we are at actually conveying anything. We lapse into acronyms or jargon which keeps the outsider firmly outside (unless one appeals on Twitter for someone to explain the trending hashtag of the day). Yet today’s great solemnity of the Ascension is what we might call perfect communication. The Risen Christ ascends to his Father, taking with him our grubby humanity, so that God and humanity are for ever one; and because he has returned to the Father, the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, the one who can articulate the prayer we could never put into words, can come upon us, overshadow us and make us new.

This is a day for silence, wonder and awe, for allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to us and quietening anything that might hinder our hearing what he has to say. If we need to focus our prayer, then surely we should pray not only for media professionals but also for ourselves, that we may be good communicators, communicating good — which is ultimately to allow God to communicate himself through us.

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5 thoughts on “Ascension Sunday and WCD2015”

  1. On a day when here in Ireland we will be inundated with communication on the upcoming Constitutional Referendum it is so helpful to here of silence & contemplation & allowing the Spirit to speak to us & aid our decision making. Thanks as always. Usually I just hit the star button!

  2. Ascension is sad in that it is the last time that Jesus walked this earth. We are still waiting for His return. Will it be when the world needs Him most, ie when humankind is at its wits end and in serious trouble? Or will it be when we have finally obtained peace, wellbeing and serenity for all and we are all reconciled to the Lord? Perhaps we should not surmise in line with His entreaties to Peter in John 21:21-23

    • I think I understand what you mean, but the Ascension is also immensely joyful because it is the point at which our humanity is united eternally with Christ’s divinity in heaven. When he will come again none of us knows but if we live good religious lives in this present time, we are assured that we can hasten the day of his coming.

      • I agree that His ascension is also joyful in that He was reunited with the Father, removed from earthly pain and persecution. By coming to earth, He had set in train the Trinity message of peace, love, hope and eternal redemption for humanity. The eternal network had been established. Christianity had been born, was alive and growing. There was no turning back. That love is indestructible. We are all His loved children.

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