In my last newsletter, I promised that we would celebrate the goodness of this school year. As the writer of Ecclesiastes reminds us, there is a time to laugh and dance. This year we will celebrate—through our exhaustion, despite disappointment, and even amidst pain and death. We celebrate the accomplishments of our students and colleagues during what has been an unprecedented school year.
This cacophony of feelings reminds me of where we stand in the liturgical year. Soon we will celebrate Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday. When we left the disciples at Easter, they were huddled in a locked room, confused by the events of Good Friday and the mystery of the empty tomb. However, at the Ascension, 40 days post-resurrection, we witness a very different response as the disciples observe Jesus ascending to heaven: