Ascension Sunday

[Excerpted from the May/June 2017 issue; by Barbara Shanahan, an alumna of CTU, who has led the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Bible Studies Program since 1992]

A statue of the resurrected Christ would appear in the sanctuary of the parish church after Easter. For the feast of the Ascension, billowing clouds of cotton batten would form the clouds, like those that lifted Jesus up from sight! We do have a need to imagine things. But can this distract us from the real meaning? Did Jesus really “go up”? Why do we imagine heaven as up? Perhaps as we mature in faith, we realize that heaven is something other than “up” and clouds don’t take Jesus away.