Ascension Thursday: Jesus Never Abandons Us

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension – and it is a reminder that the Ascension is a rich and glorious mystery that we should all spend time reflecting on. It is a paradox that Jesus ascends into heaven, yet tells His disciples, “Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” It is this mystery that we reflect on, and it is an opportunity to remember that Jesus never abandons us, and is continually with us.

Fr. James Kubicki, a regular Relevant Radio® contributor, stopped by Morning Air® to discuss the Ascension, and how Jesus remains with us and waits for us in the sacraments.

Fr. Kubicki explained, “The Ascension is not about Jesus abandoning us, but blazing a trail for us to follow. And He stays connected to us through the sacraments. And so I want to use that image that Pope Francis gave us of a mountain climber who keeps us roped to himself. He has reached the summit and He is pulling us up after Him through this connection that we have in the sacraments.”

As Catholics we are followers of Christ, and following Christ means following the path that Jesus has laid for us in, both in our earthly life and in eternity.

“We want to keep our eyes on the prize, we want to keep our eyes on the goal,” Fr. Kubicki said. “If you have a GPS in your car or on your phone, it’s important to know your destination so you can plug it in and get the best route. Well, we’ve got the destination. Heaven is our goal in life. And Jesus has shown us the way, and the sacraments keep us connected with Him.”

“It’s important to have our goal in mind, but then not to be distracted. We have to go about the business of living our faith in our daily life in order to stay connected and follow the path that Jesus has given us.”

Listen to the full conversation with Fr. James Kubicki below:

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Stephanie Foley serves as a Digital Media Producer at Relevant Radio®. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she studied journalism, and she has worked in Catholic radio for 12 years. Stephanie is a wife, a mother of three boys, and in her free time she enjoys reading, running, and really good coffee. You can find more of Stephanie’s writing at and on the free Relevant Radio mobile app.