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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Meditation in Eastertide ~ Thursday, Week 6 ~ The Ascension of Jesus

May 9, 2024 ~ Thursday, Week 6

   ~ Luke 24:50-53:  Then [Jesus] 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.                             
          Forty Days after Easter comes the Ascension of the Resurrected Christ into Heaven. One of the five major milestones in the life of Christ ~ the others are baptism, transfiguration, crucifixion, and resurrection.
        The Ascension is professed in both the Nicene and Apostles' Creeds. Whether actual, mystical or metaphorical, it is one of the great feasts of the Christian liturgical calendar. It signifies the completion of his earthly presence as he takes his divine presence seated at the right hand of the Father [Nicene Creed, Book of Common Prayer, 1979]
        The readings for today give us a direction for our own earthly lives. In the Acts of the Apostles 1:11, we hear that as Christ's body was being elevated, suddenly two men in robes stood by them. They said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven?" From Ephesians 1:15-23, Paul prays ...that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ...may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe...

       Holy Jesus, Son of God, as Your Church we are now Your Body on Earth Your Hands and Your Feet, Your Eyes and Your Ears to carry out Your mission in our own time. On this Ascension Day, let us ascend in our hearts, minds, and souls and raise our own continual prayers that we may be fully Yours in our thoughts, words and actions.
      Help us to be mindfully caring for all the People of God ~ all colors, races, ethnicities, genders, all differences and similarities, in every way they and we are created. Embolden us to follow Your command to love one another in the unjudging, compassionate, unselfish, and generous way we are also to love ourselves.
     Guide our steps as we seek to discover You in in every encounter, to understand that ALL, Every, and Each of us are Created by God and worthy of our compassion for as long as we have the Breath of Your Spirit within us. Grant us the wisdom to know the hope to which we are called with the eyes of our enlightened hearts, eager to be Your True Disciples following Your Way for All of Your People.  Amen. Alleluia! 

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