August 9, 2022     3:05 pm
172. Week of Fifth Sunday after Easter - Wednesday
And He led them out as far as Bethany
          And He led them out as far as Bethany.   Luke 24:50
          This brief text takes us back to the Biblical stories relating to our Saviour. On the fortieth day after His resurrection He appeared to His Apostles, who were assembled in Jerusalem. And after He had spoken with them, He led them out of the city up to the Mount of Olives as far as Bethany. And there He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, "which," He said "you have heard from Me. For John truly baptised with water but you shall be baptised with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." Then the Apostles asked Him: "Lord, will You at this time restore again the kingdom of Israel?" They meant the Kingdom of Glory, concerning which their conceptions were still quite worldly. And He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father has put in His own power. But you shall receive power, after the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth." These were Jesus' very last words on earth to His disciples. While the earth remains, until the last day comes, and with it the Kingdom of Glory and the consummation of all things, we Christians, we disciples of Jesus, endued with the power of the Holy Spirit, are to be witnesses of Jesus by word and deed, each in his own sphere. The Lord demands this of us. It is for this purpose that He still leaves us in this world. This is our true calling. Christian, dear Christian, do not forget that! Do not think that you need only work out your own salvation, and otherwise need merely perform the works of your calling without concerning yourself about others. No, no! Though you be no apostle, nor an ordained preacher, you must, nevertheless, be a witness for Christ.
          PRAYER: - O my Lord and Saviour grant me grace to testify to the world of You, the Crucified and Risen, and tell them what You have procured for all mankind and have given to me. Endue me for this purpose with the power of Your Holy Spirit, the Spirit of faith and of love and of obedience. And make my testimony concerning You effective through Your Holy Spirit. O Lord, help me to do what You bid me do. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     3:05 pm