Sunday 2 June 2019

About Today Readings

ASCENSION OF THE LORD
Acts 1:1-11. Psalm 46(47):2-3, 6-9. Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23. / Ephesians 1:17-23. Luke 24:46-53.
God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord – Psalm 46(47):2-3, 6-9.
‘They were continually in the temple blessing God.’

Today’s readings bring to a culmination Jesus’ work as he takes leave of his friends. He gives his final message of hope and encouragement before he is ‘lifted up while they looked on and a cloud took him from their sight’. During this final encounter Jesus ‘opened their minds to understand the scriptures’. They began to see that God’s plan was to ‘bring everything together under Christ’.

In the letter to the Ephesians, speaking of the Church as God’s body, Paul prays: ‘May God … give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring you to full knowledge.’ Let us then pray for wisdom to recognise Christ in all and all in Christ and so to respect and revere all creation. Finally, let us dispose our hearts to be renewed with great joy.

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