The insistent proclamation of the Risen Lord, especially in John’s Gospel, has accompanied us richly throughout this Easter season — a time when our proclamation of hope and new life is surely needed more than ever. For the Feast of the Ascension, we turn back to Matthew, the Gospel for Year A.
The endings of the Gospels, just like the beginnings, are revealing and none more so that Matthew 28:16-18. This disarmingly short passage is really a dense synthesis of the whole Gospel thus far and an opening out onto “where to” from here. The writer knows that the next stage of the story is not to be found (safely) in a book but in the lives of believers and disciples, in every generation thereafter.