Thu - 21.08.14


Sunday 12th May, 2013
Ascension of the Lord. W. Acts 1:1‑11. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord. Ps 46(47):2-3, 6-9. Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23. / Ephesians 1:17-23. Luke 24:46-53. [Ss Nereus and Achilleus. St Pancras].

  
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They went back to Jerusalem full of joy.

Just over a year ago, on sabbatical, I visited long-time friends in New Jersey. At the end of two days with their daughter, Elizabeth, she happily left me, saying: ĎItís not like the departure gate at the airport, when I donít know if I will ever see you again.í A week later, at our last family gathering, Elizabeth was subdued and distant. Only later did I realise that was another, possibly final, farewell.

In complete contrast, the apostles, Jesusí closest friends, having witnessed his ascension, were full of joy and continually praising God. They sensed something different about this parting. Jesus had promised he would be with them and that he would send his Spirit to be teacher and advocate, source of all the inspiration and courage they would need.

Jesus, help me trust you as they did.

 

 

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