Gospel Reading: John 16: 24-33
Dear Community of Christians.
It is Ascension, for Christians an important day, an event of the greatest significance. An occurrence not really understood and mostly forgotten. It is the event between Easter, when Christ has overcome death for the whole of mankind, and the festival of Pentecost; the receiving of the Holy Spirit.
Over three days after the crucifixion, Christ laid aside his spiritualized physical body and gave it over to the earth as a new substance. And then, it took him 40 days to bring his resurrected body to full completion and to hand it over to heaven and earth.
In these 40 days between Easter and Asension the disciples were permanently able to experience Christ’s presence. Their still clairvoyant constitution made it joyfully possible to feel his permanent nearness.
If the presence of Christ continued for human beings, as it was for the disciples, then man would never be free. Christ would ever direct one's actions from the inner life of man.
And so, after these 40 days, Christ was no longer accessible to the disciple’s clairvoyant constitution. They felt an incredible loss for 10 days. It was as if the essence of their life was no longer existent.
The fact that human beings are no longer clairvoyant is of the greatest importance for human development. However, the loss of connection with our divine spiritual origins is the inevitable consequence.
This disconnection is the tragedy of our time. This also closes us to the source of the Holy Spirit. This source only opens up for us when we begin to feel the infinite pain of being tied down to the new religious faith of natural science alone. Through this kind of science, we seem to be offered, above all else, a good, carefree life here on earth. The fact that we are also spiritual beings does not appear in the kind of science that is practiced today. There is no question not only our physical body needs to be taken care of, but also our soul life must be nourished.
We still have to live with this tragedy. If more people become truly conscious how they are led by outside authorities, instead of by inner guidance, then we can overcome the limits of the new religion of natural science. Through free spirit-led thinking, we can also be inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Rev. Ute Koenig
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