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Today is the last story in our Lent/Easter series, The Appearances of the Risen Jesus Christ and His Ascension into heaven.
The Risen Jesus Christ Appears
The gospel stories of the events after Easter make a clear distinction between the Resurrection and the Ascension of Jesus Christ. In Resurrection, Jesus Christ dies on the cross, is buried in a tomb and on the next morning, is gone. He remains on earth in an expanded state of physical being, where He is flesh and bone*, yet invisible except to those whose eyes He opens so they might see Him.
Early on the the third day, Sunday, Jesus Christ appears to Mary Magdalene outside the empty tomb and by evening He appears to all the apostles deepening their understanding of His teachings.
*From Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI.
The Ascension of Jesus Christ
Knowing the time is coming for His return to the Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ leads the apostles to Bethany. He tells them to remain in nearby Jerusalem awaiting the descent of the Holy Spirit.
“I was with you as your Master; now I go to the Father, so that I may be in you as the Father is in me….You will know the power of the Holy Spirit which will come to you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judaea and Samaria, and indeed to earth’s remotest end.
“As He said this He was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took Him from their sight. They were still staring at the sky as He went when suddenly two men in white were standing beside them, and they said, “Why are you Galileans standing here looking into the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in the same way as you have seen Him go to heaven. –Acts of the Apostles Prologue
Imagery Exercise – The Risen Jesus Christ
Close your eyes and breathe out three times. See, feel, sense and know how it is to be in the presence of the Risen Jesus for the first time. Wait a minute, breathe out one time and open your eyes.
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Imagery Exercises – The Ascension of Jesus Christ
Close your eyes and breathe out three times. Feel, sense and know how it is to see Jesus Christ lifted up to the heavens. Wait a minute, breathe out one time and open your eyes.
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Imagery Exercise: Ascension
Close your eyes and breathe out three times. See, feel, sense and know how it is for you to raise your arms and be lifted up toward the heavens. Wait a minute, breathe out one time and open your eyes.
Click Here And Listen To The Imagery Exercise, Ascension
JOIN ME ON MAY 15TH FOR THE DIVINE FEMININE. WE’LL LOOK AT THE LIVES OF THOSE WOMEN WHO CARRY THIS ASPECT OF THE DIVINE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME–AND DO IMAGERY EXERCISES TO BRING THEM INTO OUR OWN LIVES.
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