Albrecht Durer, ‘Ascension’- The Small Passion… 1612

I remember my first seeing

Albrecht Durer’s woodcut

of Jesus’ Ascension.

At the very top are the bare feet

of Jesus as He ascends

into heaven.

It looks almost comic,

leaving only deep footprints behind.

Most of the painting is of the apostles

looking up in posed fear and wonder.

It struck me that the Ascension

was the final stage of Jesus’ very human life,

and that every human life,

in a spiritual sense, returns this way to its Source.

We are here no more.

The Ascension is about the final reunion

of what appears to be separated for a while:

Earth and Heaven, human and divine, matter and Spirit.

They are one, all of God’s whole creation.

Comic or not, it is important that we see ordinary

human feet rising into heaven!

If the Christ is the pioneer of our salvation,

now we know how all feet will someday move,

all of us together.

It then makes sense to be walking the same

way together to glory, now.

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.                                                               Luke 24:50-53


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