Most of us could not tell a Mother when ‘they’ invented Mother’s Day. And whether or not ‘they’ intended the day to be commercialised, but they are Mothers!
We do know that from earliest times, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was celebrated and remembered.
Likewise, most of us don’t know when the Church decided to have a special feast to honour the Ascension of Jesus, but we know that Jesus is not here in the flesh. And he did say on more than one occasion “I am going away”. So why do we, today, recall the leaving of Jesus in his earthly body.
One answer may be to enrich the Feast of Pentecost.
Another may be…we just don’t know.
Another may be that we need to be reminded that the ascended Jesus is not absent.
Another might be that ‘His absence’ reinforces the truth that each one of us has a mission to carry on his work. Hence the injunction “Go out to the whole world.”
Whatever the answer might be, notice in Mark that, the injunction, or command was to go to “all creation”. Have we stopped to consider that all creation might be a bit wider than the human race? Paul spoke about all creation groaning and waiting for the effect of the Good News. What he exactly meant 2000 years ago we don’t quite know, but I suspect he would be delighted to participate in the current chats about ecology.
We know that God created all and declared what had been done to be good. We also know that the scripture declaring humans to “subdue the earth” has been rather one way. Redressing the balance and getting theology and interpretation correct is attracting a tremendous amount of attention from the Popes to the pulpit.
The Ascension can suggest that with all our faults and shortcomings, Jesus felt confident that he had left the continuing challenge of pronouncing the Good News in capable hands.
It took many centuries to invent Mother’s Day (and happy regards to all our mothers and those that mother). It may take a few more years to bring to birth the complete Good News, but we keep trying.
Don’t let Him down.